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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

I hope everyone stays safe and dry along the Gulf Coast. It looks like Hurricane Ike is going to be a bad one. It's raining a little here in central Illinois today—otherwise a very nice day—74º F.

It is always sad when I have to delete a name from my newsletter database. Vern Norman, a well-known and respected person in the Canadian Paging industry away suddenly sometime early on Wednesday morning of last week. Vern was really a nice guy and will be missed by his many friends and associates.
(Reported by Paul Cassel, VE3SY)

Radio Mensajes in Costa Rica is looking for some reconditioned/refurbished alphanumeric pagers. POCSAG on 151 MHz and FLEX on 929 MHz. If you can help with this please see their display ad farther down below.

It's amazing how much junk e-mail we receive. I got one this week that had a fake photo of vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin posing in a U.S. flag bikini while holding a rifle. Before you get suckered into believing this e-mail spam, it's a good idea to check in out on This web site will usually give you an honest assessment of the latest "legend."

I won't be publishing any photos of a beautiful crop of tomatoes this year. The rabbits are eating all of them. I guess next year I will have to build a screen fence around my garden. Maybe I will just have to eat the rabbits—there are many of them here in my neighborhood.

I hope you enjoy this week's newsletter . . . errr . . . magazine.

Now on to more news and views. . .

brad dye
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This is my weekly newsletter about Wireless Messaging. You are receiving this because you have either communicated with me in the past about a wireless topic, or your address was included in another e-mail that I received on the same subject. This is not a SPAM. If you have received this message in error, or you are not interested in these topics, please click here, then click on "send" and you will be promptly removed from the mailing list.

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A new issue of The Wireless Messaging Newsletter gets posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon central US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the Internet. That way it doesn't fill up your incoming e-mail account.

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

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Summer is over, so now it is time to start planning for your next fall “business/vacation” trip.

“If you think networking is just for computers … you should attend join AAPC at Enterprise Wireless 2008 and experience the real power of human networking.” —Jim Nelson, Prism Paging

Register Today left arrow [CLICK] and join your AAPC colleagues at Enterprise Wireless 2008 for a 2-day information packed forum to share new ideas, network with one another, and develop fresh solutions. Conference highlights include:

  • New Technologies, New Competitors and Now a New President … What Should I Know?, Dr. Coleman D. Bazelon, Principal of The Brattle Group
  • Selling into Healthcare—Who Really Owns This Industry?
  • M2M Doesn't Mean Migraine to Migraine, Scott Ferguson, Inilex
  • Immediate and Reliable Mass Notification Using Digital Paging and IP Technology, Myron Anduri, Raven Systems
  • 2155-2180 MHz—Expanding Opportunities for Carriers, John Muletz, M2Z Networks
  • Paging in Europe, Derek Banner, EMMA
  • Commercial Mobile Alert Systems (CMAS)—What Impacts Your Business, Ken Hardman, Esq., Counsel to AAPC
  • Table Top Discussions featured topics include FCC Forms 101, The Best in Customer Service, Getting IT Experts on Your Sales Team, and FCC Regulatory Updates
  • Paging Technical Committee Meeting
  • Vendor Exhibition
  • Networking Reception
  • Annual Golf Tournament

Click here for a detailed schedule.

Hotel Accommodations Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort This hotel will sell out—make your reservations early by calling 800-222-8733. Please be sure to reference the Enterprise Wireless event to receive the discounted rate of $159/night. If you prefer to make your reservations online, you may do so by entering EWA as the group code at:

“Attend and expand your sales horizons by networking with a whole host of potential new customers that you haven’t met that should know about your products and services.” —Mark Crosby, Enterprise Wireless Alliance


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Remembering Jake

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Steven D. Jacoby

This September 11th [was] the 7th anniversary of 911. Steven D. Jacoby was on Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon. Jacoby was en route from Washington to Los Angeles to participate in the Personal Communication Industry Association conference and exhibition, which itself was canceled because of the loss of life and destruction associated with the attacks on the Pentagon and the New York World Trade Center. “Jake,” as we knew him, was the COO and my boss at Metrocall for 7 years. The company was never the same after his death. At Metrocall he was a respected leader and loved by all. Jake was also involved with numerous charities. He was only 43 years old. I'll never forget you.

—Submitted by Roman Kozak in 2005.

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Advertiser Index

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

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Zetron’s iRIM Now Supports Kenwood P25 and NEXEDGE Solutions


September 10, 2008

Redmond, Washington, U.S.A. — September 10, 2008: Zetron, Inc., a premier provider of mission-critical communications systems, today announced the expansion of its Intelligent Radio Interface Module (iRIM). The Zetron® iRIM provides access to newer radio types and supports the transition to numerous proprietary two-way radio technologies. This now includes support for additional Kenwood radios — models TK-5710/5810 and NX 700/800.

Kenwood’s TK-5710/5810 radios are part of its Project25 solution, which offers both conventional and trunked P25 operation in the VHF and UHF radio bands. Kenwood’s NX700/800 radios are part of its NEXEDGE™ digital system network, which offers an array of advanced, digital-communication features.

The iRIM is compatible with a variety of dispatch consoles, including Zetron’s Series 4000, VoIP Radio Dispatch System (RDS) and Acom Advanced Communication System. The iRIM’s support for the TK-5710/5810 and NX-700/800 adds both P25 and NEXEDGE capability to these consoles.

The iRIM uses a console’s existing tone-remote control capability to provide control over PTT, privacy code monitor, channel or talk-group selection, repeat/talk-around, and coded/clear. It also allows the dispatcher to see incoming PTT-IDs as well as status and emergency-IDs for consoles that are capable of decoding and displaying MDC-1200 signaling.

“The iRIM offers the features of digital communications at an affordable price,” says David De Long, Zetron’s Vice President of Sales. “This gives customers a cost-effective way to add digital radio technology to their new or existing console systems.”

“Zetron’s iRIM enhances Kenwood’s ability to provide customers with a complete, mission-critical solution,” says Mark Jasin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Kenwood USA Corporation.

For details about the features and functionality for each radio type, see the iRIM spec sheet at Zetron website ( and go to Products right arrow Radio Dispatch. Or contact Zetron Sales at 425-820-6363.

About Zetron

For over 25 years, Zetron has been a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions for public safety, transportation, utilities, manufacturing, healthcare, and business. With offices in Redmond, Washington, U.S.A.; Basingstoke, England, U.K.; Brisbane, Australia; and numerous field locations; Zetron supports a worldwide network of authorized resellers and distributors. Zetron is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kenwood Corporation. For more information, contact the Zetron Sales Department at (425) 820-6363. Or visit:

About Kenwood

Kenwood U.S.A. Corporation-Communications Sector is a worldwide provider of mobile and portable radios and systems to public safety, government and commercial users as well as amateur radio equipment. Founded in the United States in 1961, Kenwood U.S.A. is the largest sales subsidiary of Kenwood Corporation of Japan (founded 1946), which has 11 domestic and 22 subsidiaries around the world serving the needs of communications, as well as, home and car entertainment customers.

Kenwood has achieved a leadership role in the two-way communications industry through a history of reliability and engineering excellence in diverse product offerings. For more information on our products visit: http:// or call Kenwood at 1-800-950-5005.

Source: Zetron

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New Handsets, Improved User Experience, New Content Channels Dominate Wireless Industry News

San Francisco, Calif., September 11, 2008 – At CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment 2008®, taking place this week at Moscone West, from September 10 – 12, mobile phone manufacturers, carriers and content providers announced new devices, content channels and applications that enhance the mobile experience for consumers, mobile professionals and the enterprise. This year's show features keynote addresses from industry luminaries, education sessions with leading players in the mobile ecosystem and a show floor featuring mobile innovations for business and lifestyle applications.

Among the new devices debuting at CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment this year are: the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC Touch Pro for the Sprint Nextel Network, the Samsung Highnote music phone, the Samsung Rant phone designed for power-SMS users, and the LG Lotus. Sprint Nextel and Research In Motion also introduced the Blackberry Curve 8350i, with Push-to-Talk capabilities. RIM also introduced the first Blackberry Flip Phone – the Pearl 8220 available through T-Mobile.

In addition to unveiling new devices, Sprint introduced a new user interface – OneClick – that is designed to improve the user experience by adding shortcuts to popular applications on the device's homescreen.

In content and branding news, Verizon Wireless added a host of new channels to its Vcast Network. The new channels include Scooby Doo & Friends, DC Comics, Relix, G4 Mobile, HGTV, The Food Network, The WB, ES Musica and Rock On: Altitude from GoTV, Comedy Time Latino, TLC, Animal Planet, Planet Green and Discovery Kids. Virgin Mobile announced the integration of the Helio brand into its product portfolio, with the debut of Helio by Virgin Mobile, which features an unlimited minutes plan, and will offer new location-based services.

"With so many industry influencers converging in one place to talk about all things mobile, CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment is once again a popular news venue," said Robert Mesirow, CTIA vice president and show director. "This year, we're thrilled to see so many exciting new developments that highlight the user experience and the continuing maturation of the market."

Today's Keynotes
During his keynote address today, Jim Balsille, co-CEO of Research in Motion unveiled a new relationship with MySpace to deliver an integrated MySpace Mobile Experience, customized for Blackberry users. In related news, Microsoft announced that LiveSearch will become available on the Blackberry homescreen, with no download required, and Slacker announced that its web radio application will be available for Blackberry devices.

Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO of Adobe, also took the keynote stage today, discussing the mobile Internet and the future of mobile applications. As part of his discussion, he announced the availability of Photoshop Mobile, a new application designed to improve the mobile camera phone experience. He also demonstrated how Adobe Flash is changing the way we access content on mobile devices.

What Teens Want
The final day of the show will feature Tripp Hawkins, CEO of Digital Chocolate and founder of Electronic Arts moderating a keynote session titled "What Teens Want." Hawkins will moderate a live youth focus group of San Francisco students, ages 13-18, who will be asked about their attitudes, preferences and behaviors when it comes to how they use wireless, and discuss the results of a national survey of teens conducted by CTIA-The Wireless Association and Harris Interactive.

About CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment 2008®
CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment 2008, the largest wireless data event in the industry, truly embodies the ever-changing, dynamic and innovative world of wireless data in enterprise and in entertainment. This is the one show that brings key audiences such as enterprise users, solution providers, content owners and mobile distributors together to form strategic partnerships, service industry needs and create new innovations in wireless data. For more news visit

CTIA -The Wireless Association® is the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry, representing carriers, manufacturers and wireless Internet providers. CTIA is also recognized as the premiere producer of two annual technology events representing the complete wireless, mobile and Internet industries: CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment 2008 takes place in San Francisco, September 10-12; CTIA WIRELESS 2009 takes place in Las Vegas, April 1-3. Visit

For More Information:
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Media Strategies for CTIA WIRELESS


Source: Virtual Press Office

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Seven Years Later, Communications Tools Show Some Improvement

Posted by Carl Weinschenk on September 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm

The seventh anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon is a good time to look at what progress has been made in the ability of people to communicate during a crisis.

It seems that the emergencies of the moment are meteorological, not terrorist. Hurricane Hanna already has hit the Gulf of Mexico and run up the east coast, and Ike is threatening Texas, a bit further west in the gulf. Clearly, this is an area of concern to any business in the south, southeast and even northeastern portions of the country. Experts say that satellite systems are a good alternative to cellular networks, which can fall victim to flooding. This release doesn't say too much of substance about Iridium, but does point out that it can interoperate with UHF, VHF and other emergency radio systems.

The memories of 9/11 – all of them – remain vivid, including the inability of emergency services to communicate effectively. Not only is this a time of remembrance, but also of looking ahead to the election of a president less than two months from now. This SF Gate piece looks in general at Senators McCain's and Obama’s homeland security plans. Both pay attention to communications, and in much the same language. McCain says that his administration will provide first responders with additional spectrum and develop a interoperable emergency communications system. Obama will increase technical assistance to first responders, fund systems and accelerate the turnover of broadcast spectrum.

Cross-agency communications, especially when it is not common and is instituted when the technical and human stress is at its zenith, is understandably difficult. It is vital, though. This interesting commentary reports that Maryland is mandating that state police, fire and EMS agencies jointly create a communications infrastructure in the 700 MHz band. The blogger says that costs are unknown, but the project will draw on a $22.9 million federal grant. An immediate benefit will be that personnel from two agencies are less likely to respond to a call without knowing what the other is doing. Such a system also would be a huge step forward for dealing with unexpected emergencies.

This is the kind of move that can pay big dividends in an emergency. This piece, originally published by The Chicago Tribune but posted by FireRescue, a good resource on emergency issues, says that the new Notify Chicago system will send information to people via text during an emergency. This advances the current system, which calls home phones. The story says non-residents, such as people with elderly relatives in the city, can sign up for the service.

This press release from the Department of Homeland Security trumpets strides that it claims have been made since 9/11. The list covers a broad area. Among those that most directly involve telecommunications and IT are an expansion of biometrics, an e-verification system and increased cyber security. Communications technology is a key element of most of the items on the long list.

Nothing will alleviate the awful memories of that day seven years ago. But the damage from such a crisis, either natural or man-made, can be somewhat lessened by good communications between first responders from different agencies and between those folks and the public.

Source: ITBusinessEdge

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FCC Mulls Another Spectrum Auction For Public Safety

The agency is expected to take up at its Sept. 25 meeting Martin's proposal that the entire D block be eligible for sale for $750 million.

By W. David Gardner
September 8, 2008 11:27 AM

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has proposed that spectrum for public-safety usage be put up again for auction under rules that would be more lenient than those that stifled a bid earlier this year for the D block airwaves.

The FCC is expected to take up at its Sept. 25 meeting Martin's proposal that the entire D block be eligible for sale for $750 million — well below the $1.3 billion reserve that had been set for the D block earlier this year in the sale of 700-MHz airwaves. That auction produced nearly $20 billion in bids for spectrum for commercial usage.

The D block had been set aside for both commercial and public-safety usage, but potential bidders complained that the dual approach was too complicated to manage. Qualcomm (NSDQ: QCOM) bid $472 million for the D block, but because the figure was so far below the reserve price, the bid wasn't considered serious.

The FCC, Congress, and a host of state and local public-safety organizations have been grappling with the whole issue of improving public-safety communications after emergency communications failed miserably during the World Trade Center attack of Sept. 11, 2001, and during hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005.

Public-interest groups want government agencies to take over the pubic-safety spectrum, which is occupied by a patchwork of local, state, federal, and private organizations. Many cities have argued that public-safety spectrum should be free, although Congress would likely have to approve that approach.

"We want someone to build out a public-safety network and solve the interoperability problem," Martin said in a conference call Friday. "My priority is less about the impact on competition."

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) Wireless and AT&T (NYSE: T) garnered the majority of the 700-MHz spectrum for commercial use earlier this year.

In addition to municipalities seeking free spectrum, other attempts have been made — unsuccessfully — to obtain the spectrum for public-safety and commercial usage. Frontline Wireless, a consortium of prominent venture capitalists and former high-ranking government officials, folded its plan for the spectrum before the bidding began. Cyren Call, representing the emergency responders Public Safety Spectrum Trust, has indicated an interest in the spectrum.

Another swathe of spectrum — the so-called "white spaces" that reside alongside the 700-MHz airwaves — could have public-safety use, if the white spaces can pass interference tests that are under way.

If the block of spectrum doesn't sell to a single bidder, the proposal circulating at the FCC calls for airwave licenses to be broken up for bidding in 58 regions.

Source: InformationWeek

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September 11, 2008

BlackBerry Touts New Mobile Apps From MySpace, TiVo, Ticketmaster, More

A day after Research In Motion (RIM) flipped the script and unveiled the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220, its first ever clamshell, or flip form factor, smart phone, RIM took its consumer focus in a new direction revealing a host of partnerships to entice not only its suit-and-tie faithful, but consumers looking for total access from their mobile phones.

RIM said Thursday it would partner with the two big Ts: TiVo and Ticketmaster. The TiVo partnership will let BlackBerry loyalists schedule recordings of their favorite television programs from their handheld. If you'd rather watch the Red Sox clobber the Yankees live rather than record it from television, the new Ticketmaster paring gives BlackBerry users the ability to search, browse and buy tickets to concerns, sporting events and other live entertainment.

In a similar vein, RIM also announced another consumer-focused deal with Microsoft, which will integrate the software behemoth's Live Search functionality into BlackBerry's Web browser and BlackBerry Maps.

And building off a similar deal that BlackBerry made with social networking giant Facebook last year, which lets users upload photos to and manage their Facebook accounts from their device, BlackBerry has partnered up with Facebook rival MySpace to develop a mobile application that will give MySpacers access account features on the go.

Lastly, BlackBerry on Thursday detailed plans for Slacker Inc. to provide a free Slacker Personal Radio application exclusively for BlackBerry smart phones, which lets users listen to their favorite Slacker radio stations wherever they go — even when not connected to a wireless network.

This latest round of application integration, along with the release of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220, continues on BlackBerry's path to woo consumers and retail buyers to its portfolio of smart phones, which were once seen as high-dollar toys for corporate executives. Over the past 10 years, BlackBerry's evolution has seen the device grow from a business-centric brick-like pager to a consumer-focused multimedia device that ties together voice, video, data, music and a host of other features, but still packs a wallop when it comes to mobile email, calendars and contacts.

Posted by Andrew R Hickey at 3:57 PM

Source: ChannelWeb

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As Hurricane Ike Threatens South Texas, Residents Urged to Prepare Emergency Communications Plans

Last update: 11:45 a.m. EDT Sept. 10, 2008

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Sept 10, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/— With Hurricane Ike threatening South Texas, Verizon Wireless urges residents to have their emergency communications plans in place. The company offers the following tips:

  • Keep wireless phone batteries fully charged — in case local power is lost — well before warnings are issued.
  • Have additional charged batteries and car-charger adapters available for back-up power.
  • Keep phones, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location.
  • Maintain a list of emergency phone numbers — police, fire and rescue agencies; power companies; insurance providers; family, friends and co-workers; etc. — and program them into your phone.
  • Distribute wireless phone numbers to family members and friends.
  • Forward your home phone calls to your wireless number if you will be away from your home or have to evacuate.

Forecasters predict Ike will regain strength and expect the storm to make landfall in Texas this weekend. Once the storm begins to impact the region, Verizon Wireless urges these additional tips:

  • Limit non-emergency calls to conserve battery power and free-up wireless networks for emergency agencies and operations.
  • Send brief text messages rather than voice calls for the same reasons as above.
  • Check weather and news reports available on wireless phone applications when commercial power is out.

"Preparation and communication are key in weather-related emergencies," said Luis Cruz, region president for Verizon Wireless. "We prepare our network all year to be ready for storms and other emergencies, and we encourage residents along the coast to take steps to prepare for Ike as well."

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 68.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 70,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (VZ:34.20, -0.53, -1.5%) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: To preview and request broadcast-quality video and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at

Source: MarketWatch

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The Best in Paging Is Also the Biggest!


Zetron’s Model 2700:
Our largest-capacity paging terminal.

  • Supports over 1,000,000 subscribers.
  • Fully redundant design features RAID-1-mirrored, hot-removable disk drives.
  • Supports remote access to Windows®-based user-management software.
  • Supports E1 trunks, T1 trunks, analog trunks, and dial-up modems.
  • Includes extensive voice-messaging features.
  • Provides Ethernet interface for e-mail and paging over the Internet.
  • Provides an ideal replacement for Unipage or Glenayre™ systems.
  • When used with the Model 600/620 Wireless Data Manager, a simulcast network can be connected to the Model 2700 over Ethernet links.

Contact Zetron today to discuss your paging needs.

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Phone: 425-820-6363
Fax: 425-820-7031

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$500.00 FLAT RATE

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.

TAPS will provide the gateways in Chicago, with Internet backbone and bandwidth on our satellite channel for $ 500.00 (for your system) a month.

Contact Ted Gaetjen @ 1-800-460-7243 or left arrow CLICK TO E-MAIL

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New BlackBerry unveiled, even as old one is copied

Thursday, September 11th 2008, 10:35 AM

While the newest BlackBerry was being rolled out Wednesday, a New York company was introducing a gadget that resembles the first one.

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion's first offerings were actually two-way e-mail pagers that couldn't be used for calls.

And while RIM unveiled its latest BlackBerry, a Pearl model and its first flip phone, Manhattan startup Peek was introducing a sleek, $100 e-mail pager that hits Target stores Monday.

The goal of Peek is to reach the people who don't already have e-mail on their phones and may be intimidated by today's feature-rich smart phones, like BlackBerrys, BlackJacks and iPhones. The Peek does e-mail and nothing more: no phone calls, no Web surfing, no camera. The service fee is $20 a month, with no contract.

Meanwhile, the new BlackBerry Pearl will be available later this year, but its release date and price have not yet been disclosed.

Source: New York Daily News

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Iridium Meets Busy Hurricane Season Demand

Last update: 12:05 a.m. EDT Sept. 11, 2008

BETHESDA, Md., Sept 11, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Iridium Satellite LLC reports that its mobile satellite communications service has been providing peak levels of reliable, critical lifelines to first responders in the Gulf Coast Region since news of hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike started to appear.

"When first responders tell us they have positioned their Iridium equipment and services in the eye of the storm, we know we're doing our job," said Greg Ewert, executive vice president for global distribution channels at Iridium. "We are concerned about the well-being of citizens affected by the hurricanes, as are our partners. Our, suppliers, employees and partners have worked around the clock to ensure that Iridium equipment and services are available to anyone needing a communications lifeline."

Outreach by Iridium and its partner base has resulted in a significant increase in usage in the Gulf Coast. In areas affected by the recent storms, hundreds of subscribers made calls on the Iridium network to test their equipment or to conduct mission-critical operations. When news alerts of the hurricanes starting appearing last week, network traffic more than doubled in the region over the previous week. The company shipped 5,000 phones to service providers for new subscribers in the past two weeks, with the majority going to partners serving the Gulf Coast.

Iridium is ideal for backup communications services when land-based, cellular and radio telecom services become inoperable due to winds and flooding. In addition, Iridium-based equipment and services are capable of being interoperable with all other emergency communications systems, including UHF and VHF radios. Iridium is a critical communications backup due to its high network service quality, its truly mobile nature and its superior coverage footprint. Major relief organizations have relied on Iridium since its inception due to the gap-free global coverage only Iridium can offer.

"No matter where their staffs deploy across the globe, emergency aid organizations can count on Iridium to provide a critical lifeline of reliable satellite communications coverage," Ewert said.

Iridium has worked proactively with its more than 175 distribution partners, as well as with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. Coast Guard, and other emergency response customers, to ensure the availability of its devices and services during this busy hurricane season.

"Our high traffic levels are a reflection of the critical importance of Iridium to the national communications infrastructure," said Ewert. "Iridium satellite phones and data equipment can be the only means of communications when a disaster strikes and land-based infrastructure is impacted."

Iridium and its distribution partners proactively prepare for anticipated disasters so that they are ready at a moment's notice to provide extra equipment and services on demand. They have been pre-positioning equipment in the field and in storage for immediate shipment. The DoD furnished Iridium satellite phones to military units preparing for response activities in the Gulf Region. On the commercial side, C.J. Webber, president of Miami-based SatPhoneStore, a distributor for Iridium service provider Stratos, reported that he had, " ... never seen so many walk-in customers for Iridium phones in the history of his business." Michelle Williamson, general manager of Able-Infosat, said her company has seen an increased demand from the oil and gas industry for Iridium phones, having deployed close to 100 phones in the first 24 hours when news of Gustav hit.

For the first responder community, Iridium offers multiple programs, including:

  • The Iridium Network Quality Guarantee - The Iridium Network Quality Guarantee promises 100 percent satisfaction with its service. A subscriber can receive credits of up to 100 minutes of airtime and three months of subscription fees if the Iridium network fails to complete properly initiated calls through the subscriber's new Iridium handset. Claims must be submitted within 90 days of service activation for validation through a participating service provider. Iridium works with service providers to ensure problems are not related to operator error or improper usage, and provides assistance to re-mediate any concerns to the customer's satisfaction. Independent testing has verified that Iridium's first-time connection rate is better than 99 percent.
  • "Test Your Satellite Phone" Initiative - In 2007, Iridium also launched its first annual "Test Your Satellite Phone Week" at the beginning of the U.S. hurricane season. This year, the American Red Cross and partnered with Iridium on this initiative - which extends throughout the year - to educate satellite phone users on the importance of regularly checking their batteries, reviewing their operating procedures and ensuring that all required accessory cables and chargers are available before going into the field. This campaign urges all satellite phone users to call a special toll-free number (00-1-480-752-5105) for testing. Callers will hear a recorded message confirming that their call was completed and offering quick tips on proper handset usage.
  • The "Trade-Up To Iridium" Reliability-To-The-Rescue Program - This program is for North American Globalstar mobile satellite services (MSS) users who are dissatisfied with the company's widely reported low network availability. Until September 30, 2008, Globalstar customers may turn their Globalstar satellite phones in to participating Iridium service providers for rebates of up to $700 for Iridium equipment and services. In return, Iridium is donating $5 for each new activation of a former Globalstar customer through this program to the international Association of Public Communications Officers (APCO) Silent Key Scholarship Fund to support members with financial needs. To date, the program has resulted in donations of $17,000 to APCO.

Many Iridium service partners have geared up to immediately deliver equipment into the hurricane hot zones or other disaster scenes. The following offer emergency response and business continuity solutions:

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Gardline Communications (
Global Satellite USA (
Roadpost (
Satcom Direct (
SatPhoneStore (
Sky Connect (
Stratos Global Corporation (
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World Communication Center (WCC) (


About Iridium Satellite
Iridium Satellite LLC ( is the only MSS company offering gap-free, pole-to-pole coverage over the entire globe. The Iridium constellation of low-earth orbiting (LEO), cross-linked satellites provides critical voice and data services including service to areas not served by other communication networks. Subscriber growth at Iridium has been driven by increasing demand for reliable, secure, global communications. Iridium serves commercial markets through a worldwide network of hundreds of distributors, and provides services to the DoD, and other U.S. and international government agencies. The company's customers represent a broad spectrum of industry, including maritime, aeronautical, government/defense, public safety, utilities, oil/gas, mining, forestry, heavy equipment and transportation. Iridium has launched a major development program for its next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT, which will result in continued and new Iridium MSS offerings. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Md. and is privately held.

Source: MarketWatch

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Millennials Influencing Boomer's Technology Purchases

The younger generations — 16- to 27-year-olds — are pushing new technology adoption such as HDTV, mobile content, and messaging, Motorola surveys found.

By W. David Gardner
September 10, 2008 05:27 PM

It's "like son, like father" as far as Millennials influencing their parents to acquire new broadband and TV technologies, according to research conducted by Motorola (NYSE: MOT).

In studies of American, European, and Middle Eastern younger generations — 16- to 27-year-olds — Motorola found that the so-called Millennial generation not only adopt new technologies and services themselves, but they also actively influence their parents' adoption habits.

"Technology is the lifeblood of this generation," said Joe Cozzolino, corporate VP and general manager of Motorola's Home & Networks Mobility EMEA unit, in a statement Wednesday. "It is not surprising therefore to see their influence on technology purchasing for the home."

Motorola said its surveys of more than 2,000 consumers in the various studies help it understand the needs and desires of the Millennial generation, which in turn helps the company design and customize its products and services.

The most recent study — of European and Middle Eastern youths — generally tracked the findings of a study of U.S. Millennials released in May.

Not surprisingly, Motorola found that the audience increasingly seeks to interact with what they see on screens, and not just passively digest content. Supporting that theory, about one-third of the audience surveyed prefers to watch video programs on their PCs, where they can share and comment on content, rather than on TV sets.

The audience also voted overwhelmingly in favor of being able to shift to mobile devices to watch TV programs, underscoring the general interest in media mobility. A total of 82% said they favored easy shifting of content to mobile media devices.

And more than half of the Millennials said they favored being able to interact with their TVs so they could access information on the content they watch.

"In order for technology providers and content developers to stay on top of the media game they must keep up with the behaviors of the Millennials," said Cozzolino. "It is the interests, passions and desires of this generation today that are shaping the landscape of tomorrow."

The Motorola surveys found that most respondents say they want an HDTV set. U.K. Millennials had the highest HDTV set penetration — 54% — while 46% have HDTV sets in the United States.

Source: InformationWeek

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Fact Sheet: U.S. Department of Homeland Security 9/11 Anniversary Progress and Priorities

Release Date: September 10, 2008
For Immediate Release
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Contact: 202-282-8010

Since 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made significant progress in protecting the nation from dangerous people and goods, protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure on which our lives and economy depend, strengthening emergency response and unifying department operations. Seven years without an attack on U.S. soil are a testament to this department’s 216,000 employees – and the nation’s first responders and law enforcement officers – who every day put service before self. Since its creation in the aftermath of the tragic events of 9/11, the department has achieved much to protect and secure the United States:

Protecting the Nation from Dangerous People

DHS prevents the entry of terrorists and criminals while facilitating the legitimate flow of people by strengthening interior security efforts and continuing to increase security at America’s borders.

Expanded Border Fencing and Patrol: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has completed more than 338 miles of fencing, with approximately 184.2 miles of primary pedestrian fence and approximately 153.8 miles of vehicle fence now in place. CBP is well on its way to the goal of 670 miles of fencing by the end of 2008: 370 miles of pedestrian and 300 miles of vehicle fencing. Additionally, the FY 2009 budget seeks to hire, train and equip 2,200 new Border Patrol agents, which will more than double the size of the Border Patrol from 2001 levels, to 20,000 agents by the end of September 2009.

Connecting the Dots: DHS renewed its Passenger Name Record (PNR) agreement with the European Union, which requires airlines to provide DHS with PNR data for all flights carrying passengers into and out of the U.S. In addition, DHS began accepting voluntary applications on Aug. 1 for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, a new online system that is part of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) reforms and is required by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. Once ESTA is mandatory, all nationals or citizens of VWP countries who plan to travel to the U.S. under the VWP will need to receive an electronic travel authorization prior to boarding a U.S.-bound airplane or cruise ship. Rather than relying on paper-based procedures, ESTA will leverage 21st century electronic means to obtain basic information about who is traveling to the U.S.

Better Biometrics: Biometric collection is underway at 106 airports, 15 seaports and in the secondary inspection areas of 154 land ports of entry. Ten U.S. airports currently collect 10 fingerprints from arriving foreign visitors. This transition from two-fingerprint collection enables DHS to check visitors’ full set of fingerprints against latent fingerprints collected from terrorist training camps, safe houses and battlefields around the world, without slowing process times – due to the department’s work with industry to improve the quality and speed of fingerprint capture devices. Additionally, US-VISIT and the U.S. Coast Guard have partnered to use mobile biometric collection to identify migrants and smugglers attempting to illegally enter the United States through waters near Puerto Rico and the Florida Straits. The program has resulted in a total of 3,143 people interdicted at sea, 172 brought ashore for prosecution – with 143 convicted so far – and a 40 percent reduction in the flow illegal migration.

Secure Documentation Standards: Compliance with Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requirements for air travel implemented in January 2007 exceeds 99 percent and DHS will implement requirements for land and sea travel in June 2009. New procedures at land and sea ports of entry implemented in January 2008 ended acceptance of oral declarations alone and limited the types of acceptable documents to further secure our borders. DHS also issued the REAL ID final rule, establishing minimum standards that enhance the integrity and reliability of state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards.

Enhanced Aviation Security: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has over 2,000 Behavior Detection Officers working at more than 150 of the nation’s largest airports to identify potentially high-risk passengers in airports. Further, TSA now requires that holders of airport-issued identification credentials be perpetually vetted against the Terrorist Screening Database and has expanded its Travel Document Checking program at passenger security checkpoints. TSA also recently achieved DHS certification for the Secure Flight program – through which TSA will assume responsibility from airlines for watch list checking – and anticipates initial implementation in 2008. In October 2005, TSA reclassified the agency’s 43,000 screeners as Transportation Security Officers, to acknowledge the judgment and skills required to ensure the safe travels of two million people every day.

New Checkpoint Experience: TSA revamped its airport screening operations, introducing Checkpoint Evolution, at Baltimore in April 2008, which adds a human element to security, and significant technology and process improvements. This continues the agency’s shift from object-based security to people-based initiatives, including: whole body imaging; fostering a calm atmosphere in order to better identify suspicious individuals; and advanced technology x-ray to more quickly and efficiently screen carry-on luggage.

Record-Breaking Law Enforcement: So far this year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has removed or returned more than 295,000 illegal aliens from the U.S. and dramatically increased penalties against employers whose hiring processes violate the law, securing fines and judgments totaling in the millions, while making 1,070 criminal arrests and more than 4,700 administrative arrests. ICE has arrested more than 10,000 gang members and associates in cities nationwide through Operation Community Shield. Through Operation Predator, a program targeting sexual predators that prey on children, ICE has arrested more than 11,000 predators since its inception in 2003. Under DHS, the U.S. Secret Service has made more than 29,000 criminal arrests for counterfeiting, cyber and other financial crimes, 98 percent of which resulted in convictions, and seized more than $295 million in counterfeit currency. Also, in fiscal 2007, the Coast Guard interdicted over 6,000 migrants attempting to gain illegal entry into the U.S.

Protecting U.S. and World Leaders: The Secret Service continues to meet unprecedented challenges of protecting U.S. and world leaders, as well as presidential candidates, while implementing comprehensive plans for securing the overall 2008 presidential campaign. Under DHS, the Secret Service has led the security planning and implementation for more than 10 designated National Special Security Events, including the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

E-Verify: This U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services program allows employers to use an automated system to verify name, date of birth and Social Security Number, along with immigration information for non-citizens, against federal databases to confirm the employment eligibility of both citizen and non-citizen new hires. More than 80,000 U.S. businesses have automatically verified over 5.3 million workers so far, and on average, the program increases by about 1,000 new employers each week.

Protecting the Nation from Dangerous Goods

As a part of its risk-based approach, the department is focused on programs to identify, track, and intercept nuclear and radiological components and systems at ports of entry and in transportation systems within U.S. borders. The department is also intensifying efforts to strengthen capabilities that reduce the risk of a biological attack in the United States.

Comprehensive Radiation Detection: The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), in coordination with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Coast Guard, has deployed more than 1,000 radiation detection devices to the nation’s land and sea ports of entry. 100 percent of cargo containers crossing the southern border and 93 percent at the northern border are scanned for radiation, and more than 98 percent are scanned at our seaports. Three years ago, only 22 percent of incoming seaborne containerized cargo was being scanned for radiological and nuclear threats.

Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security: Under Operation Neptune Shield, the U.S. Coast Guard escorts vessels carrying especially hazardous cargo, protecting them – and nearby population centers and infrastructure – from external attack. In 2007 alone, the Coast Guard escorted over 1,100 vessels/barges carrying such hazardous cargoes.

Record-Breaking Narcotics Seizures: The U.S. Coast Guard removed more than 355,000 pounds of cocaine at sea in fiscal 2007 – a record-breaking 160 metric tons – worth an estimated street value of more than $4.7 billion. CBP frontline personnel seized more than 3.2 million pounds of narcotics at and between ports of entry. In fiscal 2007 alone, ICE seized 241,967 pounds of cocaine, 4,331 pounds of heroin, 2,731 pounds of methamphetamine and 1.3 million pounds of marijuana. Additionally, ICE drug investigations led to 8,920 arrests and 5,539 convictions of individuals associated with narcotic violations.

Stemming the Flow of Weapons, Cash and Counterfeit Goods: ICE’s Shield America program has achieved new successes in intercepting illegal exports of weapons, military equipment and sensitive technology, significantly increasing results with 188 arrests and 127 convictions in fiscal 2007. A new ICE initiative targeting unlicensed money services businesses that illegally transfer funds yielded 39 arrests, 30 convictions and seizures of more than $7.9 million.

Reducing Risk from Small Vessels: The U.S. Coast Guard has worked with small boat manufacturers, industry groups and the public to identify mitigation strategies to address the security risks posed by small vessels. The Coast Guard’s 12 Maritime Safety and Security Teams, part of a 3,000 person Deployable Operations Group, are stationed at strategic ports nationwide and are uniquely trained to counter the small vessel threat. The Coast Guard and DNDO are collaborating with local authorities on a pilot program in Puget Sound and San Diego waterways on small vessel radiation detection.

BioWatch: Through aerosol collectors deployed by the Office of Health Affairs in over 30 jurisdictions across the nation, the BioWatch program provides critical early detection capability of dangerous biological pathogens. In the event of a widespread aerosolized anthrax attack, or other form of a weaponized biological agent, early detection and rapid distribution of life-saving medical countermeasures will be critical to saving countless lives. A next-generation BioWatch capability that could reduce detection time from up to 34 hours down to 4 to 6 hours is currently under development in partnership with the Science & Technology Directorate. Enhanced capabilities will continue to ensure rapid and reliable detection of the presence of dangerous biological agents.

Protecting Critical Infrastructure

The Department aims to protect critical infrastructure and key resources, essential government operations, public health and welfare, and the nation’s economic and national security interests, working with private industry, which owns and operates roughly 85 percent of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Setting Chemical Security Standards: The National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) established national standards for chemical facility security in a comprehensive set of regulations to protect chemical facilities from attack and prevent theft of chemicals that could be used as weapons.

Protecting Our Federal Networks: In January 2008, the President approved a new directive on cyber-security policy. The President’s classified directive establishes the policy, strategy and guidelines to secure federal systems. The directive provides a comprehensive approach that anticipates future cyber threats and technologies and requires the federal government to integrate many of its technical and organizational capabilities to better address sophisticated threats and vulnerabilities. DHS is leading many cyber-security efforts under the Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative, including the establishment and operation of a National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), a collaborative organization comprised of government agencies that will act like a hub for federal interagency information sharing. The mission of the NCSC is to detect, protect, analyze and distribute data related to threats on federal government networks.

Increasing Cyber Security: DHS has established the Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) to provide a 24-hour watch, warning, and response operations center, which in 2007 issued over 200 actionable alerts on cyber security vulnerabilities or incidents. US-CERT developed the EINSTEIN intrusion detection program, which collects, analyzes, and shares computer security information across the federal civilian government. EINSTEIN is currently deployed at 15 federal agencies, including DHS, and plans are in place to expand the program to all federal departments and agencies. In addition, the Secret Service currently maintains 24 Electronic Crimes Task Forces to prevent, detect, mitigate and aggressively investigate cyber attacks on our nation’s financial and critical infrastructures.

Greater Information Sharing: The Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) leads DHS efforts to improve the sharing of information and intelligence with federal, state, local and tribal partners, and to change the departmental culture from a “need to know” approach to a “responsibility to provide.” I&A has deployed 25 intelligence officers, as well as supporting information sharing systems, to fusion centers across the country.

Credentialing Port Workers: Since its October 2007 launch, more than 454,000 port workers have enrolled in the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) biometric credential program, and thousands more are processed each week. More than 1.2 million longshoremen, truck drivers, port employees and others requiring unescorted access to secure areas of ports will be required to obtain a TWIC on a phased-in basis by April 15, 2009 and use it for port access.

Protecting the Federal Workforce: ICE’s Federal Protective Service (FPS) officers protect approximately 9,000 federal facilities nationwide. In fiscal 2007, FPS was responsible for approximately 3,000 citations and arrests and intercepted roughly 760,000 prohibited items.

Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Efforts: In addition to TSA explosives detection technology at airports and Transportation Security Officer training, science and technology development, and the coordination efforts of the Office for Bombing Prevention, the department has also made billions of dollars in grants available to states and communities for IED prevention and protection.

Addressing Biological Threats: The Office of Health Affairs has overseen the development and operational capabilities of the National Bio-surveillance Integration Center (NBIC), which integrates bio-surveillance data and information on biological incidents to enhance situational awareness. To date, NBIC has played an integral role in a number of recent biological events, including the recent Salmonella saintpaul outbreak, Foot-and-Mouth Disease, cases of Extremely Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, as well as pet food and E. coli incidents. NBIC continues to enhance partnerships and coordination with federal agencies, state and local governments and the private sector through increased communications and development of daily situational reports and a bio-surveillance common operating picture.

Building a Nimble, Effective Emergency Response System and a Culture of Preparedness

The Department continues to improve its capabilities and prepare those who respond to acts of terror and other emergencies by incorporating lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina, other disasters, and the 9-11 Commission Recommendations.

Response to over 400 Disasters: Since March of 2003, FEMA has responded to 454 major disaster and emergency declarations that included floods, tornadoes, winter and tropical storms, landslides and mudslides, earthquakes, droughts, typhoons and hurricanes. FEMA has provided direct material and financial assistance to more than 4 million individuals across the nation.

Federal Grant Programs: FEMA has provided extensive support to state and local governments to help them prepare for and mitigate the impact of natural and man-made disasters. Over the past five years, FEMA and DHS have provided over $23.8 billion for state and local projects through disaster grant programs, and an additional $2.5 billion in firefighter grants. With more than $26 billion provided to state and local partners and involving non-profit and private sector elements, FEMA has helped provide grants to improve our nation’s preparedness for any disaster.

Sector Partnership Framework: The National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) was issued in 2006, and 17 Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR) Sector Specific Plans were issued in 2007. In September 2008, an 18th sector – critical manufacturing – was recognized. The NIPP serves as the national plan to unify and enhance CIKR protection efforts through an unprecedented partnership involving the private sector, as well as federal, state, local and tribal governments. It sets forth a comprehensive risk management framework and clearly defined roles and responsibilities for all security partners.

Disaster Readiness and Support Activities: FEMA’s expanded disaster operations and logistics management capabilities – including the creation of 214 pre-scripted mission assignments across 27 federal agencies that strengthen and streamline response capabilities, and the coordination of numerous nationwide exercises that include leaders at all levels of federal state and local government – have greatly improved our nation’s ability to coordinate disaster response.

Supporting Local Security Plans: Protective Security Advisors work in state and local Emergency Operations Centers providing expertise and support to local authorities, the Principal Federal Official and the Federal Coordinating Officer responsible for domestic incident management, including the Virginia Tech shootings in Blacksburg, Va., the Chevron Refinery Fire in Pascagoula, Miss., the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Minn., the Florida and California wildfires, and throughout the annual hurricane season.

Building Stronger Response Partnerships: DHS engaged state and local leadership, first responders and stakeholders on developing the National Response Framework, which outlines how our nation prepares for and responds to all-hazard disasters across all levels of government and community sectors.

Saved Over One Million Lives: The U.S. Coast Guard reached a remarkable milestone in 2007, saving more than 1,109,310 lives throughout its 217-year history.

Bolstering Emergency Communications: National Communication System’s (NCS) National Coordinating Center for Communications (NCC) is the center of national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) communications during disasters. The NCC is a 24/7 operation and serves as the central coordination point between the Federal, State and local governments and the telecommunications industry during emergencies. The NCS runs the Telecommunications Service Priority (TSP) System to provide priority provisioning and restoration to telecommunications services during the preparation and recovery phases of an emergency. In addition, the NCS operates and maintains the Shared Resources High Frequency Radio Network during an emergency event. The NCS also runs the Government Emergency Telecommunications Service and the Wireless Priority Service programs that provide federal, state and local leadership, first responders and leaders of critical infrastructure with priority call service in the event of network congestion on hard line and wireless networks.

Realizing Interoperable Communications: DHS, along with the Department of Commerce, has provided nearly $1 billion in Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) grants to help state and local first responders improve public safety communications and coordination during a natural or man-made disaster. In addition, the Science & Technology Directorate published results of the National Interoperability Baseline Survey – a nationwide survey of first responders and law enforcement that assesses progress in achieving interoperable communications. In addition, The Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) was established to serve as the departmental focal point for emergency communications. OEC completed the first-ever National Emergency Communications Plan this year, which provides a framework for emergency communications users across all levels of government.

Strengthening and Unifying DHS Operations and Management

DHS was created in 2003 to serve as the unifying core for the vast national network of organizations and institutions involved in securing our nation. DHS has further integrated core management functions and systems throughout headquarters and the components, achieving a more cohesive and unified department.

Consolidation of Network Sites: The department has consolidated more than 1,780 network sites into a single network that allows transparent monitoring of system performance and activity, prioritization of traffic, and a vastly improved security posture.

Improved Workforce Accommodations: The Office of the Chief Administrative Officer established initial DHS headquarters facilities, accommodated substantial growth, and set in motion a master building plan for consolidation of all headquarters functions. Planning includes the redevelopment of St. Elizabeths West Campus and reducing the number of locations within the National Capital Region from 40 locations to eight.

Enhanced Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties: The Privacy Office and the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties have worked to enhance privacy and civil rights and civil liberties through the department’s work in cyber security, the use of satellite technology, airport screening protocols, and partnerships with Muslim-American communities.

Strengthened Business Processes and Technology: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services launched a new fee schedule designed to bring decades-old systems into the 21st century and improve customer service.
Enhancing Staffing and Training: In 2007, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center trained a record 60,458 students from all three branches of the federal government, as well as international, state, local, campus, and tribal law enforcement agencies. In addition, DHS recently launched new training and communications tools including DHSCovery, a state-of-the-art online training system.

Improved Recruitment and Hiring: DHS decreased the average time it takes to hire new DHS employees, four days shorter than Office of Personnel Management targets. DHS also exceeded targeted goals by hiring more than 2,300 protection officers, 11,200 transportation security officers, over 700 immigration enforcement agents and over 450 deportation officers.

Intelligence Integration: The Under Secretary for I&A serves as the department’s primary driver for integration of its intelligence equities and has taken significant steps to build and mature the DHS intelligence enterprise, including: to improve DHS’ intelligence analysis, enterprise integration, and support to all its homeland security partners; establish the Homeland Security Intelligence Council, which comprises the heads of the intelligence components of the department; issue the DHS Intelligence Enterprise Strategic Plan that guides DHS Intelligence in furthering a strong, unified direction; and develop and implement appropriate directives, policies and procedures to uniformly lead, govern, integrate, and manage intelligence functions throughout DHS.

Building One DHS Acquisition Workforce and Streamlining Acquisitions: The Office of the Chief Procurement Officer is creating a unified DHS acquisition culture. Through the Acquisition Professional Career Program, the department is recruiting new talent for entry-level acquisition positions to develop a pipeline for future acquisition leaders. Acquisition process improvements ensured the critical U.S. Coast Guard Deepwater recapitalization program continued to move forward and resulted in the successful machinery trials of the first National Security Cutter, the USCGC BERTHOLF and the delivery of the first three Ocean Sentry Maritime Patrol Aircraft in 2007.

Systems Consolidation: The Office of the Chief Financial Officer is reducing the number of DHS financial systems to realize cost savings and operational efficiencies. The department also will continue to consolidate its 17 legacy data centers into two enterprise-wide data centers. This consolidation will result in improved cyber security, information sharing and configuration management.


Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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Chicago wants your number in case of emergency

City would send texts for terrorist attacks, natural disasters

By Dan Mihalopoulos | Chicago Tribune reporter
September 10, 2008

If terrorists or natural disasters strike Chicago, anyone with a cell phone would get the latest information from city leaders.

Mayor Richard Daley on Tuesday called for people to sign up for the new "Notify Chicago" program, in which text messages with emergency information will be sent out en masse.

The announcement came a few days before the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and almost two years after the federal government criticized the city in an analysis of emergency communications.

For years, the city has been able to send recorded messages to home phones with information about emergencies. Daley said sending text messages to cell phones and devices such as BlackBerries marked "a great step forward."

Anyone who registers for the new program would receive messages from the city in weather emergencies, terrorist attacks and hazardous material situations, the mayor said.

"It is very critical for public safety agencies do their part to stay in tune with the latest tools to keep the residents safe," he said.

City and suburban residents can sign up, and even out-of-towners with elderly relatives or friends living here are welcome.

In January 2007, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's nationwide assessment of emergency communications nationwide showed a lack of progress in Chicago. At the time, Daley defended the ability of the region's police and fire personnel to communicate during a crisis.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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A Great Name in Radio Turns 75

By Rod Blocksome, KØDAS

September 11, 2008

Rockwell Collins Amateur Radio Clubs Have Cause for Celebration.

F6KNZ, the Rockwell Collins France radio club station located in Toulouse, France.
The log periodic antenna used at F6KNZ.
A look at the Collins radio club station W5ROK, Richardson, Texas.
The Arthur Collins memorial station, W0CXX, located in the Rockwell Collins Main Plant, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The Collins ARC shack, W4CRC, located in Melbourne, Florida.
A view of the antenna system at W4CRC.
The gang at W6CXX, Tustin, California.

Seventy-five years ago a small radio communications company, operating from the owner's basement, officially incorporated in the state of Delaware. From these humble beginnings arose one of the nation's foremost communications and avionics companies — The Collins Radio Company. Arthur Collins, WØCXX, started building high quality Amateur Radio equipment that from the very beginning was to make the Collins brand legendary among ham radio operators worldwide. The Collins Radio Company was incorporated with $29,000 in capital and eight employees during the depth of the Great Depression. In 1973, Collins was acquired by Rockwell International. In 2001 the company was spun off into what is today Rockwell Collins, Inc with over 19,500 employees worldwide and annual sales of $4.415 billion.

Fifty years ago, and 25 years after incorporation, in September 1958 Collins Radio introduced a completely new line of amateur communications equipment — the S/Line. The 75S-1 receiver, 32S-1 transmitter and 30S-1 power amplifier set a new standard of excellence in areas of styling, reliability, frequency accuracy, stability, signal quality and linear amplification. The S/Line enjoyed a long production history and today still commands premium prices among classic radio enthusiasts and collectors.

Twenty-five years ago, in preparation for celebrating the 50th anniversary of Rockwell Collins, the Collins Amateur Radio Club was formed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Later, under the vanity call sign process, we were assigned WØCXX, the call sign of Arthur A. Collins. Later additional employee Amateur Radio ≠clubs (ARC) were founded at other Rockwell Collins facilities. Today there are six club stations located in five cities:

  • WØCXX, Main Plant, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • NØCXX, North Campus, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • W5ROK, Richardson, Texas
  • W4CRC, Melbourne, Florida
  • W6CXX, Tustin, California
  • F6KNZ, Toulouse, France

These six Rockwell Collins ARC stations have organized a special operating event in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the company. Special QSL cards will be available for those working each Rockwell Collins Club station during the event. Stations confirming contacts with four or more of the Collins stations are eligible to receive a special certificate. Operators should QSL to the individual Collins stations. Applicants for the certificates must submit QSLs from four or more of the club stations to W0CXX for processing.

Operating period: 0001 UTC September 20 through 2359 UTC September 26, 2008. Operating frequencies:

CW: 3550; 7050; 10,115; 14,050; 18,085; 21,050; 24,900, and 28,050 kHz

SSB: 3885; 7285; 14,285; 18,155; 21,385; 24,955, and 28,455 kHz

Not all stations will be operational at any given time and club membership will also affect the amount of air time from each station. Watch the DX spotting clusters and these Web sites for actual on-the-air times/frequencies of each station: and Working four or more Collins Club stations will be a real challenge.

Rod Blocksome was first licensed in 1960 as KN0DAS and is now Amateur Extra class K0DAS. He is an USAF veteran and recently completed 40 years with Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he is currently a senior systems engineer. Rod has operated on all amateur bands from 1.8 through 2304 MHz and previously held amateur licenses VK2IHY and T3ØCXX, and expects to activate T32DAS this October. He is a life member of ARRL. All photos courtesy of Rod Blocksome, KØDAS.

Source: ARRL

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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. 32 September 10, 2008   

FY 2008 Regulatory Fees Due Sept. 25

Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 regulatory fee payments must be made by 11:59 p.m. ET on September 25. Payments received after that time will be assessed a 25% late payment penalty.

The Report and Order (R&O) on the Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for FY 2008 retains the same formula, policies, and procedures for collecting regulatory fees that the Commission adopted in Fiscal Years 2007 and 2006, as well as in prior years. In conjunction with the R&O, the FCC adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) to examine ways to improve its methods for collecting regulatory fees (see story below).

Phishing Warning: The FCC has received complaints that non-government entities may be using Internet sites to misdirect parties seeking to submit their regulatory fee payments. The complainants have alleged that these non-government websites are attempting to collect financial information. Because the allegations indicate potential fraudulent and illegal conduct, the Office of Managing Director has referred the matter to the Inspector General for further investigation.

The FCC also urges regulatory fee payers to make any Internet payments directly through the Commission’s authorized Internet website. Payment may be submitted electronically at

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

Red Flag Rules Affect Small Businesses, Private Users, As Well As Rural Telcos

Program Must Be In Place By November 1

As we reported in July (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, July 23), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has established “Red Flag” Rules which are designed to prevent identity theft. Under the new rules, all businesses that maintain a creditor-debtor relationship with customers, including virtually all telecommunications carriers, must adopt written procedures designed to detect the relevant warning signs of identify theft, and implement an appropriate response. The Red Flag compliance program must be in place by November 1, 2008.

However, the requirements are not just binding on telcos and wireless carriers that are serving the public on a common carrier basis. They also apply to any “creditor” (which includes entities that defer payment for goods or services) that has “covered accounts” (accounts used mostly for personal, family or household purposes). This also may affect private user clients who use radios internally, as well as many telecom carriers’ non-regulated affiliates and subsidiaries. If you have any question about whether the Red Flag Rules apply to you, please contact the firm. BloostonLaw has prepared a Red Flag Compliance Manual to help your company achieve compliance with the Red Flag Rules. The program must be managed by the Board of Directors or senior management employees of the company, and must provide appropriate training and oversight of the company’s staff. These measures are required in addition to those mandated by the FCC’s CPNI rules. The cost of the compliance manual is $400.00.

Under the Red Flags Rules, you must develop a written program (i.e., manual) that identifies and detects the relevant warning signs – or “red flags” – of identity theft. These may include, for example, unusual account activity, fraud alerts on a consumer report, or attempted use of suspicious account application documents. The program must also describe appropriate responses that would prevent and mitigate the crime and detail a plan to update the program. The program must be managed by the Board of Directors or senior employees of the financial institution or creditor, include appropriate staff training, and provide for oversight of any service providers.

The Red Flags Rules provide all financial institutions and creditors the opportunity to design and implement a program that is appropriate to their size and complexity, as well as the nature of their operations. Guidelines issued by the FTC, the federal banking agencies, and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) should be helpful in assisting covered entities in designing their programs.

A supplement to the Guidelines identifies 26 possible red flags. These red flags are not a checklist, but rather, are examples that financial institutions and creditors may want to use as a starting point.

They fall into five categories:

  • alerts, notifications, or warnings from a consumer reporting agency;
  • suspicious documents;
  • suspicious personally identifying information, such as a suspicious address;
  • unusual use of – or suspicious activity relating to – a covered account; and
  • notices from customers, victims of identity theft, law enforcement authorities, or other businesses about possible identity theft in connection with covered accounts.

As noted above, BloostonLaw has developed a Compliance Manual for the Red Flag Rules. Please contact Gerry Duffy and Mary Sisak with any questions or to request the manual.

FCC Adopts Rulemaking To Implement NET 911 Act

The FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement the New and Emerging Technologies 911 Improvement Act of 2008 (NET 911 Act), which was signed into law on July 23, 2008. The legislation is designed to “promote and enhance public safety by facilitating the rapid deployment of Internet Protocol (IP)- enabled 911 and E911 services, encourage the Nation’s transition to a national IP-enabled emergency network, and improve 911 and enhanced 911 (E911) access to those with disabilities.” Comments in this WC Docket No. 08-171 proceeding can be submitted through September 17, and there are opportunities for ex parte presentations thereafter.

The NET 911 Act addresses several aspects of the nation’s 911 system. The NPRM focuses on one particular obligation in the NET 911 Act: The Commission must, no later than October 21, 2008, issue regulations implementing certain key provisions that, among other things, ensure that providers of IP-enabled voice services have access to the capabilities they need to provide 911 and E911 service.

The NET 911 Act explicitly imposes on each IP-enabled voice service provider the obligation to provide 911 service and E911 service in accordance with Commission requirements. The NET 911 Act also grants each IP-enabled voice service provider rights with respect to “capabilities” to provide 911 and E911 services. For example, an IP-enabled voice service provider that seeks capabilities to provide 911 and enhanced 911 service from an entity with ownership or control over such capabilities, shall have a right of access to such capabilities, including interconnection, on the same rates, terms, and conditions that are provided to a provider of commercial mobile service (CMS), subject to certain conditions.

Those conditions will include the Commission issuing regulations within 90 days after the date of enactment of the NET 911 Act. And, in general, those regulations shall: (A) ensure that IP-enabled voice service providers have the ability to exercise their rights; (B) take into account any technical, network security, or information privacy requirements that are specific to IP-enabled voice services; and (C) provide, with respect to any capabilities that are not required to be made available to a commercial mobile service provider but that the Commission determines are necessary for an IP-enabled voice service provider to comply with its obligations.

In the NPRM, the FCC seeks comment on the specific duties imposed by the legislation and the elements of the regulations it is required to adopt. The FCC asks about the capabilities for which the NET 911 Act affords IP enabled voice service providers a right of access, how the Commission can ensure that IP-enabled voice service providers can exercise these rights, and how to provide that such capabilities are made available on the same rates, terms, and conditions that are provided to commercial mobile service providers.

The NET 911 Act states that IP-enabled voice service providers “shall . . . have a right of access to such capabilities, including interconnection, to provide 9–1–1 and enhanced 9–1–1 service on the same rates, terms, and conditions that are provided to CMS providers.” To what extent is it appropriate for the Commission to define “capabilities” in this rulemaking, or should it determine what constitutes “capabilities” on a case-by-case basis? To the extent a prospective determination is appropriate, the FCC seeks comment on the definition of “capabilities.” What would such a definition include and exclude? Are pseudo Automatic Number Identification (p-ANI), realtime Automatic Location Identification (ALI) database access, Emergency Service Numbers (ESN), Master Street Address Guides (MSAG), shell records, callback number, selective router interconnection for both voice and data transport, or other “elements” appropriately considered “capabilities” under the NET 911 Act? Do “capabilities” include network services, testing, and agreements? What other items, elements, features, functions, or agreements are appropriately considered capabilities? Because the NET 911 Act requires IP-enabled service providers to “have a right of access” to capabilities to provide 911 and enhanced 911 service “on the same rates, terms, and conditions that are provided to a provider of commercial mobile service,” the FCC seeks comment about what capabilities are currently required to be available to CMS providers. What, if any, capabilities “are necessary for an IP-enabled voice service provider to comply with its obligations” under section 6(a) of the Wireless 911 Act, but “are not required to be made available to a commercial mobile service provider”?

With regard to mobile VoIP service used by CMS carriers in conjunction with their CMS service, the FCC seeks comment specifically on what capabilities “are necessary for [such mobile interconnected VoIP] provider to comply with its obligations” under section 6(a) of the Wireless 911 Act. Specifically, what requirements should be imposed on the mobile VoIP provider and its roaming partner when offering mobile VoIP service in a roaming area outside its CMS footprint? For example, T-Mobile has asked the Commission to waive or rule on several requirements of the VoIP 911 Order for its interconnected VoIP service, which allows a customer to use a dual-mode handset that works as a regular CMS phone and, when it is in a WiFi hotspot, an interconnected VoIP phone. Their service uses CMS default routing for VoIP 911 calls and “last known cell” information for automatic location information in their footprint, but is not able to use such “last known cell” information outside the footprint because it is not provided by its roaming partner.

Assuming that T-Mobile’s use of CMS default routing and associated “last known cell” information is sufficient, the FCC seeks comment on what modifications it should make when outside the footprint. For example, what requirements should be placed on the roaming partners of these dual-mode service providers to provide access to information necessary to employ “last known cell” in a roaming area in the same manner that dual-mode providers such as T-Mobile use such information when in their own network? Further, the FCC seeks comment generally on what capabilities it should require roaming partners to make available to mobile VoIP providers to ensure compliance with applicable 911 and E911 requirements. In addition, the FCC seeks comment on whether wireless carriers should be required pursuant to the NET 911 Act to provide roaming partners with last-known caller location information necessary for the proper routing of wireless VoIP calls to 911. The FCC also seeks comment on how such a requirement would affect incentives to reach roaming agreements and how the Commission can ensure that such a requirement would not prevent companies from forming roaming agreements they might otherwise reach.

Who owns and controls each of the capabilities identified in response to the questions above? For each type of entity owning or controlling such capabilities, how should the Commission fulfill its statutory mandate to “ensure that IP-enabled voice service providers have the ability to exercise their rights under subsection (b)”? Does this mandate confer sufficient authority or jurisdiction upon the Commission to impose requirements on state, local or private entities? What other sources of authority or jurisdiction are available to the Commission to ensure that such capabilities are made available? Are there any additional actions the Commission should take to ensure that such capabilities are available per Congress’s instructions? What are the implications of Congress’s direction that IP-enabled voice service providers shall have a right of access to these capabilities “for the exclusive purpose of complying with” their obligations under the NET 911 Act?

The NET 911 Act requires that IP-enabled voice service providers receive a right of access to E911 network capabilities on the “same rates, terms, and conditions” as provided to CMS providers. Under what rates, terms, and conditions are such capabilities provided to CMS providers? To what extent are capabilities made available to CMS providers under tariff, interconnection agreement, or some other form of agreement? To what extent are the terms of such agreements available for review by other CMS providers or providers of IP-enabled voice service?

Assuming that similar capabilities have varying rates, terms, and conditions, how should the Commission determine what rates, terms, and conditions are to be placed on certain capabilities? Is it enough to mandate in our rules that those entities owning or controlling the capabilities needed for IP-enabled voice service providers provide such capabilities at the same rates, terms and conditions offered to CMS providers? Conversely, is it necessary to establish pricing standards for each of the capabilities that an IP-enabled voice service provider needs to meet the NET 911 Act’s section 101(2) obligations? If so, what standards should apply? Can and should the Commission mandate disclosure of all rates, terms, and conditions concerning each capability from states, localities, and industry? How shall the Commission determine what rates, terms, and conditions would have been made available to CMS providers for capabilities that they do not use? Are there any other differences between CMS and IP-enabled voice service that the FCC should consider with regard to the “rates, terms, and conditions” of access for IP-enabled voice service providers?

What technical, network security, or information privacy requirements specific to IP-enabled voice services must be taken into account when ensuring that capabilities are available to IP-enabled voice service providers? Are there any concerns that certain 911 systems may not offer the capabilities necessary particularly to meet the technical requirements of IP-enable voice services? If so, how should the FCC take into account these requirements when adopting regulations for IP-enabled voice service providers? What network security issues do providers of IP-enabled voice services pose for the 911 and E911 networks? What steps can the Commission take to correct or ameliorate these concerns? With respect to information privacy, are there any issues specific to IP-enabled voice service providers that raise new concerns regarding the protection of customer proprietary network information? What steps should the Commission take to ensure IP-enabled voice service providers’ customers’ information is protected during and after a 911 or E911 call? Should the Commission take any action at this time to require IP-enabled voice service providers to register with the Commission and to establish a point of contact for public safety and government officials relative to 911 and E911 service and access? If so, what steps would be appropriate?

Finally, what other issues relating to the NET 911 Act should the Commission consider? Are there particular issues relating to the Commission’s jurisdiction, federal, state, local and private initiatives, or other issues that the Commission should take into consideration when adopting rules? Should the Commission delegate authority to enforce any regulations issued under subsection (c) to State commissions or other State or local agencies or programs with jurisdiction over emergency communications? If so, what specifically should the Commission delegate and to which entity? What costs and burdens would rules resulting from the Notice impose upon small entities and how can they be ameliorated? Are there any other issues or significant alternatives that the Commission should consider to ease the burden on small entities?

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

CTIA Seeks Clarification Of State & Local Review Of Wireless Facility Siting Apps

The FCC has asked for comments on CTIA--The Wireless Association’s request for a Declaratory Ruling clarifying provisions of the Communications Act, regarding state and local review of wireless facility siting applications. CTIA seeks clarification of provisions in section 332(c)(7) of the Communications Act that it contends are ambiguous and that it claims have been interpreted in a manner that has allowed certain zoning authorities to impose unreasonable impediments to wireless facility siting and the provision of wireless services. CTIA also requests that the Commission preempt local ordinances and state laws that it states subject wireless facility siting applications to unique, burdensome requirements, in violation of section 253(a) of the Communications Act, which bars state and local laws that “prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting the ability of any entity to provide any interstate or intrastate telecommunications service.''

Specifically, CTIA asks the Commission to take four actions relating to the time frames in which zoning authorities must act on siting requests, their power to restrict competitive entry by multiple providers in a given area, and their ability to impose certain procedural requirements on wireless service providers. First, to eliminate an ambiguity that CTIA contends currently exists in section 332(c)(7)(B)(v) of the Communications Act, CTIA asks the Commission to clarify the time period in which a state or local zoning authority will be deemed to have failed to act on a wireless facility siting application. CTIA states that “the Commission should issue a declaratory ruling explaining that (1) a failure to act on a wireless facility siting application only involving collocation occurs if there is no final action within 45 days from submission of the request to the local zoning authority; and (2) a failure to act on any other wireless siting facility application occurs if there is no final action within 75 days from submission of the request to the local zoning authority.''

Second, citing the requirement in section 332(c)(7)(B)(ii) of the Communications Act that state and local governments act on wireless facility siting applications within a reasonable time, CTIA asks the Commission to implement procedural steps whereby, if a zoning authority fails to act within the above time frames, the application shall be “deemed granted.'' Alternatively, CTIA asks the Commission to establish a presumption that entitles an applicant to a court-ordered injunction granting the application unless the zoning authority can justify the delay. Third, CTIA asks the Commission to clarify that section 332(c)(7)(B)(i)(II), which forbids state and local decisions that “prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting the provision of personal wireless services,'' bars zoning decisions that have the effect of preventing a specific provider from providing service to a location on the basis of another provider's presence there. Finally, CTIA requests that the Commission preempt, under section 253 of the Communications Act, local ordinances and state laws that automatically require a wireless service provider to obtain a variance before siting facilities.

Comments in this WT Docket No. 08-165 proceeding are due September 15, and replies are due September 30.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

FCC Launches Review Of Regulatory Fee Process

The FCC has issued a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) regarding ways to improve its regulatory fee process. In light of the industry changes since 1994, the FCC asks how it can better determine the regulatory fees for services in a way that is aligned with the Commission's regulatory activities? It seeks comment on whether it should continue to collect regulatory fees based on the allocations for FY 2008, or if it should revert to a percentage allocation closer to its FY 1995 regulatory fee allocation, or if it should adopt a different allocation based on the communications marketplace that exists today. The FCC also seeks comment on possible methodologies for re-calculating the regulatory fee allocation.

Commenters should discuss the fee categories that bear a too heavy regulatory fee burden. For example, some services, such as paging and private land mobile radio services (PLMRS), have declining subscriber bases. Conversely, the FCC seeks comment on whether there are categories that should pay higher regulatory fees.

In addition, are there categories that should be added, deleted, or reclassified? Would such changes result in a system that is more (or less) equitable and reasonable?

The FCC also seeks comment on whether it should review the entire regulatory fee process, apart from the annual regulatory fee orders, on a periodic basis. Should the Commission undertake a comprehensive analysis of its resource allocations as it did in 1994? Should the Commission allocate regulatory fees to each category based on the proportionate use of full time equivalent (FTE') within the Commission? It seeks comment on whether it should examine FTE allocation by industry segment or some other basis, such as strategic goal.

Currently, the Commission uses different bases to allocate regulatory fees to entities in different regulatory fee categories. For example, fees for wireless companies are based on subscribers and wireline companies are based on revenues. Should the Commission move to harmonize these bases? Would it be more equitable to allocate fees on a single basis across all regulatory fee categories? Commenters should address the incentives or disincentives of using a particular basis for allocation. For example, do wireless companies have less incentive to sign up subscribers because each new subscriber will increase their regulatory fees?

The FCC notes there are various services or entities that may not be paying their share of regulatory fees. Including more services would lessen the regulatory fee burden on the remaining regulates. The FCC seeks comment on whether, and if so how, to include additional services. Increasing compliance with its rules also would lessen the regulatory fee burden on the remaining regulatees. The FCC seeks comment on ways to improve compliance with our rules. In addition, the FCC seeks comment on whether it should adopt additional oversight measures, such as an audit regime to ascertain that payments are in accordance with its rules.

The FCC seeks comment on whether it should modify its administration of regulatory fees, such as its collection processes, as well as the forms that it uses for regulatory fee payers. The FCC seeks comment on whether it should modify its Form 159. Should the FCC use a different procedure for billing and pre-billing? Should the FCC’s regulatory fee procedures be combined with other filing and reporting requirements? The FCC seeks comment on whether it should adopt additional performance metrics or measurements pertaining to regulatory fees. Commenters should discuss whether it should adopt additional performance measurements and publish this information regarding, for example, timeliness of payment. The FCC also seeks comment on whether there are certain categories of licensees who should qualify for reduced regulatory fees or be exempt entirely.

The FCC also invites comment on several specific regulatory fee issues relating to Interstate Telecommunications Service Providers (“ITSPs''); a recommendation that the Commission extend the process by which it added interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP'') providers to the ITSP category and also include wireless providers in the ITSP category; whether service providers other than cable operators, such as incumbent local exchange carriers (ILEC) providing video service, should also pay regulatory fees on a per-subscriber basis or otherwise; whether regulatory fees should be assessed on other services such as Wi-Fi; and other issues.

Comments in this MD Docket No. 08-65 proceeding are due September 25, and replies are due October 27.

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


FCC REPORTEDLY HAS NEW PLAN FOR D-BLOCK: According to various press reports, including Fierce-Broadband Wireless, the FCC last Friday, divulged a new proposal to re-auction D-block spectrum that failed to find a bidder during the 700 MHz auction held earlier this year. The new proposal reportedly will be discussed at the Commission's September 25 open meeting. During a conference call with reporters on Friday, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said the new plan will require a lower reserve price and ease the construction requirements that contributed to the failure of the original auction. The new auction will call for a reserve price of $750 million (roughly half of the $1.3 billion required the first time around) and it extends the construction period from 10 to 15 years. If no bidder comes forth for the entire block, companies will be able to bid on 58 separate regional licenses. The commission has considered and has developed approaches for allocating costs to various regions in the event a regional approach is used, according to the press reports. It will not license spectrum on a regional basis unless at least 50 percent of the regional licenses are won. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Cary Mitchell, and Bob Jackson.

SUMMIT ON PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS CHANGED TO SEPTEMBER 18: The FCC has changed the date for its Summit on Pandemic Preparedness: Enhancing Communications Response for Health Care and First Responders, to Thursday, September 18, 2008, 9:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., in the Commission Meeting Room (TWC305). The Commission had previously scheduled the Summit for September 16. The Summit will focus on communications and coordination between the health care sector, first responders, government and the communications industry in preparation for a pandemic. The panel discussions will also highlight ways that communications may be expanded and enhanced in response to a pandemic and how the communications industry will serve an instrumental role in such a response. The Summit will be open to the public; admittance however will be limited to the seating available. Those individuals who are interested in attending the summit may pre-register on-line at: Audio/Video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet from the FCC's web page at The FCC’s web cast is free to the public and does not require pre-registration.

FCC EASES CERTAIN ARMIS REPORTING REQUIREMENTS, SEEKS COMMENT ON OTHERS: In an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the FCC has granted significant forbearance from carriers’ obligation to file Automated Reporting Management Information System (ARMIS) Reports 43-05, 43-06, 43-07, and 43-08 (i.e., the “ARMIS service quality and infrastructure reports”). In particular, with certain limited exceptions, the FCC found that the Communications Act Section 10 criteria are met for the ARMIS service quality and infrastructure reports, subject to certain conditions. Therefore, it granted certain conditional forbearance with respect to all carriers currently subject to those reporting requirements. The agency also recognized, however, that the Commission has continually sought to ensure that it has access to the data necessary for its public safety and broadband policymaking, and that certain infrastructure and operating data might be useful, but only if collected on an industry-wide basis. In the accompanying NPRM, the Commission therefore seeks comment on whether such data should be collected from all relevant providers in furtherance of those goals. In addition, certain service quality and customer satisfaction data might be useful, but only if collected on an industry-wide basis. Therefore, the FCC seeks comment on whether the Commission should collect such data on an industry-wide basis. Finally, it extends to Verizon and Qwest the conditional forbearance granted to AT&T in the AT&T Cost Assignment Forbearance Order. Scope of Information Collected. First, the FCC seeks comment on what information the Commission should collect on an industry-wide basis. Specifically, the Commission denied forbearance with respect to certain ARMIS Report 43-08 information. In addition, the Commission conditioned its grant of forbearance for ARMIS Report 43-07 and 43-08 on the reporting carriers maintaining their data for twenty four months from the effective date of this order. The FCC tentatively concludes that collection of information of this type would be useful to the Commission’s public safety and broadband policymaking, and seeks comment on the specific information that we should collect. The FCC seeks comment on this tentative conclusion. It finds, moreover, that these data would be useful only if they are collected from the entire relevant industry. Therefore, any such data collection would gather this information from all facilities-based providers of broadband and/or telecommunications. The FCC also recognizes the possibility that service quality and customer satisfaction data contained in ARMIS Reports 43-05 and 43-06 might be useful to consumers to help them make informed choices in a competitive market, but only if available from the entire relevant industry. The FCC thus tentatively conclude that it should collect this type of information, and seek comment on the specific information that we should collect. The FCC seeks comment on this tentative conclusion. Again, the FCC finds that these data would be useful only if they are collected from the entire relevant industry. Thus, any such data collection would gather this information from all facilities-based providers of broadband and/or telecommunications. Mechanism for Collecting Information. To the extent that the Commission collects any of the types of information described above, we also seek comment on the appropriate mechanism for such data collection. The FCC tentatively concludes that it should collect the infrastructure and operating data through Form 477, and seek comment on that tentative conclusion. In addition, it notes that while ARMIS information generally has been publicly available, carrier-specific Form 477 data is treated as confidential. What confidentiality protections, if any, are appropriate for the information here? To the extent that commenters support Commission collection of service quality and customer satisfaction data, we also seek comment on the appropriate mechanisms for such collections. Finally, the FCC seeks comment on possible methods for reporting information, as well as suggestions of methods to maintain and report the information, that achieve the purposes of the information collection while minimizing the burden on reporting entities, including small entities. Comments in this WC Docket No. 08-190 proceeding will be due 30 days after publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register, and replies will be due 30 days thereafter. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC LAUNCHES 2008 BIENNIAL REGULATORY REVIEW: The FCC has issued a Public Notice stating it is in the process of conducting its comprehensive 2008 biennial review of telecommunications regulations. The Commission is required (1) to review biennially its regulations “that apply to the operations or activities of any provider of telecommunications service,” and (2) to “determine whether any such regulation is no longer necessary in the public interest as the result of meaningful economic competition between providers of such service.” The Commission is directed to repeal or modify any such regulations that it finds are no longer in the public interest. As a result, the FCC seeks suggestions from the public as to what rules should be modified or repealed as part of the 2008 biennial review. Submissions should identify with as much specificity as possible the rule or rules that should be modified or repealed, and explain why and how the rule or rules should be modified or repealed. Parties should discuss how their suggested rule changes satisfy the standard of Section 11 of the Communications Act as interpreted by the D.C. Circuit Court in Cellco Partnership. As with previous biennial reviews, the agency expects that FCC staff will prepare reports recommending which sections of the rules should be modified or repealed. Please contact the firm for a list of the rules under review. Comments in these CG Docket No. 08-177, EB Docket No. 08-178, IB Docket No. 08-179, ET Docket No. 08-180, PS Docket No. 08-181, WT Docket No. 08-182, and WC Docket No. 08-183 proceedings are due October 6, and replies are due October 27. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.


FCC Meetings and Deadlines

Sept. 15 – Deadline for comments on CTIA request for declaratory ruling clarifying provisions of Communications Act regarding state and local review of wireless facility siting applications (WT Docket No. 08-165).

Sept. 15 – Deadline for comments on FNPRM regarding Commercial Mobile Alert System non-commercial educational (NCE) and public broadcast television station issues (PS Docket No. 07-287).

Sept. 17 – Deadline for reply comments on NPRM to implement NET 911 Act (WC Docket 08-171).

Sept. 17 – Deadline for comments on Consumer Groups’ petition for reconsideration of FCC’s Section 706 Report (GN Docket No. 07-45).

Sept. 18 – Summit on Pandemic Preparedness.

Sept. 18 – Deadline for comments on NPRM regarding whether certain services should be designated as eligible for funding under the E-rate program (CC Docket 02-6).

Sept. 22 – Deadline for comments on FNPRM on EBS spectrum in Gulf of Mexico (WT Docket Nos. 03-66, 67).

Sept. 24 – Deadline for reply comments on Consumer Groups’ petition for reconsideration of FCC’s Section 706 Report (GN Docket No. 07-45).

Sept. 25 – FY 2008 Regulatory Fees are due.

Sept. 25 – Deadline for comments on FNPRM regarding ways to improve regulatory fee process (MD Docket No. 08-65).

Sept. 25 – FCC open meeting.

Sept. 29 – Deadline for reply comments on FNPRM regarding Commercial Mobile Alert System non-commercial educational (NCE) and public broadcast television station issues (PS Docket No. 07-287).

Sept. 30 – FCC Form 507, Universal Service Quarterly Line Count Update, is due.

Sept. 30 – FCC Form 525, Competitive Carrier Line Count Quarterly Report, is due.

Sept. 30 – Deadline for reply comments on CTIA request for declaratory ruling clarifying provisions of Communications Act regarding state and local review of wireless facility siting applications (WT Docket No. 08-165).

Oct. 1 – State Certification of Universal Service Support is due.

Oct. 1 – Local Switching Support forms are due.

Oct. 3 – Deadline for comments on NPRM tentatively concluding that FCC should clarify that low power auxiliary stations within the 700 MHz band should not be permitted at the end of the DTV transition (WT Docket Nos. 08-166, 167).

Oct. 3 – Deadline for reply comments on NPRM regarding whether certain services should be designated as eligible for funding under the E-rate program (CC Docket 02-6).

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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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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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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