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FRIDAY - JANUARY 18, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 294

Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

The SkyTel To Be Sold (Again) rumor (reported last week) has now been upgraded to a "Leak." Evidentially there is no signed-deal yet. Stay tuned for more developments.

The GTES office in Vancouver has shut  down. They got out of the "Location" business after the untimely death of Brooks Marsden. I am not sure what this office closing has to do (if anything) with their support of Glenayre products. They also dropped their ad from this newsletter a couple of months ago. They had some real talent there.

Oh. . . by the way, I forgot to list Space Data Corporation as one of the current active US operators of a ReFLEX network. This is a very innovative company and I have done several reports on them here over the years — don't know why I forgot them. Could I be getting old?

Space Data Corporation delivers low-cost solutions for rural and remote data and voice communication applications using their high-altitude SkySite® Network.

Note to my friends in México:
I know a professional young man in Mexico City, from a good family, who is looking for a new position. Please let me know if you are interested and I will send you his resumé. Or, maybe someone outside of Mexico is thinking of opening an office there. . .

The IWCE Conference & Expo in Las Vegas will take place from February 27 to 29. A promotional piece I received from them is reproduced below. If you are going to be there, don't miss Ron Mercer's presentation on "The Paging Advantage in Public Safety Applications."

Sprint: Cutting 4K jobs, closing 8% of stores

Sprint Nextel said it plans to eliminate 4,000 jobs and shut down 8 percent of its retail locations in an effort to save up to $800 million a year. The carrier will close 125 company-owned stores and more than 4,000 third party distribution points out of its 1,400 owned stores and 20,000 distribution points. The layoffs should be complete by the first half of this year. Sprint eliminated 5,000 positions last year. Sprint predicts that it lost 683,000 post-paid subscribers during its Q4 and 202,000 prepaid users.

In a note to investors, Walter Piecyk of Pali Research wrote: "Fundamentals continue to worsen [at Sprint], there is no plan of resolution and we believe firing 4,000 people will not solve any of the company's problems... We expect the company to lose 2.3 million customers in both 2008 and 2009 and ARPU to come under increased pressure from increased competition in a slowing market and slower growth in data."


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Motorola Successfully Completes Tender Offer for Controlling Interest in Vertex Standard Co., Ltd.

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. and TOKYO, Japan January 16, 2008 — Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) announced today that its subsidiary, MI, Inc., has successfully completed its tender offer to acquire a controlling interest in Vertex Standard Co., Ltd.(JASDAQ: 6821), a global provider of 2-way radio communication solutions. The tender offer period expired on January 15, 2008, with approximately 5.4 million shares tendered and accepted.

Following the settlement of the tender offer for approximately 12.0 billion Yen in cash and starting on January 22, 2008, Motorola will have a total ownership stake of approximately 78% of Vertex Standard on a fully diluted basis (excluding certain stock acquisition rights that are scheduled to be cancelled), while Tokogiken Co., Ltd., a privately held Japanese company controlled by Vertex Standard’s president and CEO Jun Hasegawa, will retain a 20% stake. Through a subsequent restructuring process Motorola will own 80% of Vertex Standard. As previously announced on November 5, 2007, Motorola launched the tender offer in cooperation with Tokogiken with the intention of forming a joint venture to develop and sell Vertex Standard branded products and develop select Motorola branded products. All regulatory clearances required for the completion of the transaction have been obtained.

"We are extremely pleased to team with Motorola, a global technology leader that has been a leading provider and pioneer in 2-way radio communication solutions,” said Jun Hasegawa, president and CEO of Vertex Standard. “With Motorola, Vertex Standard will be stronger and better positioned to deliver new and innovative 2-way radio solutions for professionals and consumers.”

"We are delighted to have successfully completed this stage of the transaction so that Motorola and Vertex Standard can move forward with our plan to deliver a combined and enhanced product offering to new regions and consumers around the world," said Mark Moon, senior vice president of Motorola's Government and Commercial Markets.

The joint venture is expected to expand and develop a comprehensive suite of products to address the rapidly growing demand for 2-way radio solutions. Vertex Standard's strength in the Amateur, Marine and Airband (Avionics) segments provides Motorola with access to new business opportunities. In addition, Vertex Standard's solutions are highly complementary with Motorola's products and add greater depth and breadth to Motorola's Government and Public Safety business. The venture also provides additional engineering talent for Motorola.

Following the restructuring, which will be implemented after the settlement of the tender offer, Vertex Standard will be de-listed from the JASDAQ. The joint venture company will continue to be called "Vertex Standard Co., Ltd." and will become a subsidiary of Motorola, with headquarters in Tokyo.

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Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications. Inspired by our vision of seamless mobility, the people of Motorola are committed to helping you connect simply and seamlessly to the people, information and entertainment that you want and need. We do this by designing and delivering "must have" products, "must do" experiences and powerful networks — along with a full complement of support services. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $42.8 billion in 2006. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit

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Vertex Standard Co., Ltd. is a company primarily engaged in radio communication products for land, marine, airband, and amateur. Since the company was incorporated in 1956, Vertex Standard has become a global two-way radio manufacturer with advanced technologies. With customer satisfaction as its number one priority, the company has supplied products that meet the changing demands of the 2-way radio communications market. Sales for the fiscal year-ending March 2007 were approximately 21,983,000,000 yen. Details for Vertex Standard are available at

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Welcome to 2008!

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

European Mobile Messaging Association (EMMA) Conference
April 23 - 25, 2008
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The theme for the conference is Critical Messaging, a return to the core capabilities of Paging. As the mobile technology evolves at rapid pace, it is increasingly leaning towards one-for-all applications devices, but seems to be neglecting the primary needs of mobile communications users: urgency and instant notification. Both the business and public sectors still have unfulfilled expectations in these areas.

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

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

Enterprise Wireless 2008
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The traditional AAPC Wireless Forum will join with the Enterprise Wireless Alliance to host more than 400 wireless industry professionals, including carriers, suppliers, and network providers, for three days of information sharing, technical sessions, vendor exhibits, and networking opportunities.

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

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

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

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Firefighters find flaws with new pagers

By Adam MacInnis · Enquirer-Herald
Updated 01/13/08 - 12:03 AM

York County firefighters love the new 800 MHz radio system that was implemented late last year — it's clear and provides communication where they never had it before.

But many dislike the pagers that go with system, calling them unsafe.

Now, the county is turning to plan B.

"They ain't worth a (darn)," said Hickory Grove Fire Chief Ken Gilfillan of the pagers.

The $23-million radio system replaced an outdated system and links all emergency response personnel across the county. But instead of the voice-activated pagers used in the past, emergency codes are sent to responders on a small display screen on a traditional pager.

This can be dangerous for responders who have to look down to read information or addresses while driving to an emergency, said Charlie Love, Clover fire chief.

"That's been an issue ever since they started talking about going to the new system," Love said.

Some departments want to go back to the old paging system, but county leaders say that's not feasible.

The voice-response pagers aren't made anymore, said Cotton Howell, director of the county's Emergency Operations Center.

"The ones that we had gotten before were just junk," Howell said. "They were worse than toy radios."

Although not ideal, the new pagers are the best alternative, Howell said.

"We spent a lot of money going back and researching and having engineers go back and look at other options," Howell said. "That was all they came up with."

The situation is worse for volunteer firefighters who don't have a radio in their vehicle.

"For those of us who have a radio, there's really no problem because we don't have to worry about the pagers because we're hearing radio traffic, but for the individual firefighter who has just a pager to respond by, there are some inherent risks to trying to read a pager while driving down the road," York Fire Chief Domenic Manera said.

New scanners on the way

The York County Board of Rural Fire Control plans to buy new scanners that will allow firefighters to hear radio communications during an emergency. The board has budgeted $116,000 for the scanners and will put out a request for companies to submit bids this week, York County Fire Marshall Randy Thompson said.

Thompson said he hopes to have the new scanners in place within a couple of months.

The cost of the scanners will determine how many are purchased, but Thompson said they should be able to buy about 200. He hopes there will be enough to provide most firefighters who don't have a radio with a scanner.

"If you have a wreck on the way to the scene, you're not helping anybody," he said. "The main thing is you get there, you do your job and you go home. We would never intentionally put someone in harm's way."

Meanwhile, the pagers still have a purpose for initial contact about an emergency, Thompson said.

"The pagers are still good if you're in a meeting, or you're in church or you're in a movie theater," Thompson said. "I'm sure that very few firefighters' wives want to listen to every radio communication across the county's radio system."

With the new pagers, firefighters don't receive a page unless there is an emergency in their coverage area.

Gilfillan, however, still has issues with the pagers.

Sometimes, the pager messages don't reach everyone, Gilfillan said. That hasn't caused a serious problem yet, but it could in the future, he said.

"You hate to be depending on somebody to be there and then them not (show up)," he said.

Howell says poor transmission was a problem initially, but it has improved. He said isolated problems may still occur because of a person's location.

"They are a little radio receiver, and inside a lot of metal buildings with a lot of steel, that does interfere with radio signals," he said. "It's just like a cell phone."

Source:The Herald, Rock Hill, South Carolina

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By Denny Conroy

Posted Jan 14, 2008

This weekend at the NCAA Convention, the Division I attendees voted to disconnect permission for coaches to "text message" high school players. This seems to also banish "instant messaging" (IM).

This is the NCAA's statement on the issues:

The lopsided vote on the text-messaging rule - only 21.3 percent supported the override - was foretold by the assembly's initial refusal to move the proposal. Even once the override was on the floor for consideration, Kerry Kenny, vice chair of the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, persuasively reiterated the student-athletes' position that text messaging between prospective student-athletes and coaches was intrusive, unprofessional and expensive.

"We believe that text messaging and instant messaging are both highly unprofessional in the recruiting process," Kenny said. "You wouldn't use text messaging to contact an employer when searching for a job, and it's unlikely that an employer would contact you with a text message to offer you the job."

Momentum for the text-ban override dwindled even before the vote when Big East Associate Commissioner Joe D'Antonio announced the league would withdraw its proposal to add instant messaging to the list of approved communications with recruits.

During Monday's Atlantic 10 coaches conference call, George Washington's head coach Karl Hobbs was asked what he thought of the rule.

Hobbs said he liked the current rule and keeps in touch with about 10 guys (prospective student-athletes in the NCAA's specific terms). Not much difference between testing an phone calls.

The current rule, via an NCAA Official Interpretation on June 21, 2000, is:

The use of a pager to contact a prospect is considered a telephone call. If a pager permits a text message to be displayed, an institutional coaching staff member who leaves a message in excess of a greeting is considered to have made a telephone contact. [References: Bylaws 13.1.3 (telephone calls to prospects) and (time period for telephone calls - general rule)]


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FCC Approves 214 Bidders For Wireless Auction

The commission said more than 50 prospective early applicants have dropped out of the Jan. 24 auction of spectrum in the 700 MHz band.

By W. David Gardner
January 15, 2008 12:45 PM

The Federal Communications Commission has released bidding rules (pdf) for the January 24 700 MHz auction. It also reported that more than 50 prospective early applicants have dropped out, while 214 bidders have been qualified for the auction.

The major qualified bidders (pdf) include familiar American business names like Google (NSDQ: GOOG), under the name Google Airwaves, AT&T Mobility Spectrum, Verizon Wireless, Alltel, Chevron, Cincinnati Bell Wireless, Cox Wireless, and Qualcomm.

Among the missing is Frontline Wireless, which couldn't raise enough capital to participate in the auction. The startup firm, which included a roster of big-name venture capitalists and politically-connected individuals, had hoped to create a national public safety network.

"The commission will conduct this auction over the Internet, and telephone bidding will be available as well," the FCC stated in its review of the rules. "Qualified bidders are permitted to bid telephonically or electronically." Participants are required to have two RSA SecurID tokens for the auction.

The FCC said a mock auction will be held on January 22, two days before the real event gets underway. Like the actual auction, participants can bid in the mock auction over the Internet or via telephone.

Many smaller companies have filed to participate. They range from rural telephone cooperatives like Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative and Paul Bunyan Rural Telephone Cooperative to remote companies like Guam Cellular & Paging. One bidder, Xanadoo 700 MHz DE, LLC, already has some 700 MHz spectrum and will be looking to pick up more in the auction. Xanadoo also is interesting because it has already rolled out a Mobile WiMax network in Texas and Oklahoma that serves several thousand subscribers.

But most attention will be focused on Google, whose actions through its Android Open Handset Alliance are already threatening to change the makeup of U.S. wireless communications. The search engine colossus has been promoting what it calls a philosophy of "openness" that it claims will make it easier and cheaper for consumers to share wireless devices and services. AT&T and Verizon Wireless have recently pledged to open up their networks for more devices.

Some large cable and telecom companies, including Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA), Sprint (NYSE: S), and T-Mobile, said they don't plan to bid in the auction.

Source: InformationWeek

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - 1/17/08 - Nighthawk Systems, Inc. (OTC BB: NIHK), a leading provider of intelligent wireless power management and emergency notification solutions, today announced that it has received an additional order for CEO700 whole house disconnect units from Nebraska Public Power District (“NPPD”). This marks the fourth year of Nighthawk’s ongoing relationship with NPPD, which has been ordering units from Nighthawk on a regular basis since March 2005. This order is expected to be shipped during the current quarter.

The CEO700 gives electric utilities the ability to wirelessly disconnect and reconnect power to residential electric meters from a centralized location, improving customer service response times and saving the utility significant time and money over the traditional manual disconnect method that requires multiple truck rolls and field personnel.

H. Douglas Saathoff, Nighthawk’s CEO, stated, “NPPD has become a flagship customer for Nighthawk Systems and the CEO700. They established a remote disconnect program covering wide geographical areas utilizing the CEO700 back in 2005, and that program continues to expand in 2008 based on the positive results they have experienced from the very beginning of the program. Over the past three years, we have established a core group of electric utility companies like NPPD that regularly place repeat orders. Additionally, we added a number of new customers to our revenue base in 2007, with the goal to establish ongoing programs with them as we have with NPPD that will generate increasing savings for our customers and continuing revenues for Nighthawk for years to come.”

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Nighthawk is a leading provider of intelligent devices and systems that allow for the centralized, on-demand management of assets and processes. Nighthawk products are used throughout the United States in a variety of mission critical applications, including remotely turning on and off and rebooting digital network devices, activating alarms, and emergency notification, including the display of custom messages. Nighthawk’s IPTV set top boxes are utilized by the hospitality industry to provide in-room standard and high definition television and video on demand.

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Navy Mulls New Way to Enhance, Hide Submarine Communications

Deep Siren technology would let submarines communicate with ships and shore without compromising stealth

January 18, 2008
By Larry Greenemeier

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The U.S. Navy is considering new technology that will allow land-based officers to communicate with submarines with minimal disruption to the sub's operations and reduced risk of detection. The military hopes that an emerging tactical paging technology dubbed Deep Siren will allow fleet commanders anywhere in the world to instantly communicate with subs despite the latters' depth or speed.

Currently, vessels can only be contacted if they are on or near the surface, which is not only inefficient but dangerous for subs furtively trolling hostile waters. Deep Siren is designed to deliver communications using acoustic, expendable buoys that, when contacted via a communications satellite in the National Security Agency's Global Information Grid, can send and receive messages to and from submerged subs as far as 175 miles (240 kilometers) away depending upon acoustic propagation conditions.

"This is about bringing real-time communications to the sub, without latency," says Bill Matzelevich, a former Navy captain who retired in 2000 and is now a senior manager in government contractor Raytheon Company's Network Centric Systems group. The Navy in July awarded Raytheon a $5.2 million development contract to deliver a Deep Siren tactical paging system. "If you need to get a message urgently to a sub, you might have to wait eight hours for it to come close enough to the surface. A strike group commander may need to change direction and can't get this info to the sub immediately."

Messages to submarines are typically broadcast from onshore naval communication centers for a fixed amount of time--eight hours or so. For a sub to receive these radio-frequency or satellite messages, it must stop what it is doing within that time period, extend an antenna and rise to "periscope depth"— approximately 60 feet (18 meters) below the surface, which is shallow enough to use a periscope. During this time the sub may become more vulnerable to detection and may be more restricted in its ability to perform its mission.

Once at periscope depth, submarines tow a floating long-distance antenna behind them, but the data rates are generally slow and the wire used to tether the antenna to the sub restricts the vessel's agility. "You can only go so fast and so deep with this wire attached," Matzelevich says. "This is Word War II–era technology."

To communicate with a submerged submarine safely, a gateway mechanism is required to deliver messages deeper than periscope depth. The Deep Siren Tactical Paging system is comprised of a disposable gateway buoy with an antenna that gathers radio-frequency signals and converts them to Deep Siren acoustic signals that penetrate the water and are received by the submarine's sonar system. These acoustic signals are then converted on board the submarine to text messages with the Deep Siren receiver. The Deep Siren system also includes a portable transmit station which can be located on shore or carried on board a ship or airplane. "You want to have this be a global capability, where the buoy can be called from anywhere in the world," Matzelevich says.

Working with RRK Technologies, Ltd., in Glasgow, Scotland, and Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Raytheon is developing a Deep Siren system that includes expendable buoys that are five inches (12.7 centimeters) in diameter and about 3.5 feet (one meter) long with antennas that receive signals from a constellation of Iridium Satellite, LLC, communication satellites. The buoys—designed to stay afloat for up to three days—can be ejected out of the sub's trash disposal unit without major modifications to the vessel. In this way, subs can set up their own acoustic networks without the need to tow an antenna.

The other components of Deep Siren include computers onboard subs and in communications facilities—which may be located ashore, or onboard ships or aircraft—to access messages, along with special software to interpret them. The software—written by RRK—matches different acoustic tones emitted by the buoys with a set of vocabulary words shared between the sender and receiver, performing the translation from words to tones and back to words again. This methodology allows communications to a submarine in a format similar to text messages that occur on a cell phone or PDA.

Deep Siren acoustic technology uses digital message processing to ensure that the receiver can move at a rate of greater than 30 knots (about 35 miles per hour) without incurring any measurable interference. Deep Siren uses digital signaling capabilities at lower frequencies—less than two kilohertz— and permits signal encryption to achieve secure sonar communications at a substantial range to a submarine at depth. Secure and encrypted signals permit more liberal communication from ship to submarine; enemy units may be able to pick up the signals, but they cannot decode them.

The Navy plans to conduct an at-sea military assessment of Deep Siren in June as part of its Communications at Speed and Depth initiatives.

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By Monica Alleven
WirelessWeek - January 15, 2008

The industry isn’t going anywhere near sanctioning a cell phone number directory. So what are these VoIP startups doing promoting caller ID services?

It’s a bit of a riddle, promoting a caller ID service for cell phones that historically have never had a “pure” caller ID function the way wired phones offer. But coming up with some features that mimic what people know from wired phones is, ironically, just what a group of startups is doing.

Todd: TalkPlus was the byproduct of a personal need.

They’re probably not going to rattle the cages of wireless service providers quite as much as VoIP companies that advertise cheap international calling rates for cell phones, although for some, that is a component of their business. Instead, they might prompt carriers to investigate how they could work together, with, of course, agreeable revenue share models. At least, the startups aren't ruling that out as they pursue their direct-to-consumer models.

TalkPlus, for one, is in trial mode with carriers, with the most interest coming from Europe. “The U.S. carriers seem more apprehensive, like they’re circling a piece of meat they’re not sure they want to eat,” says John Todd, chief technology officer at TalkPlus. He invented what he describes as a primitive form of the TalkPlus solution a few years ago out of a personal need to manage his own cell phone calls when he was in charge of a large global network and had people calling at every hour of the day and night.

The caller ID solutions from a smattering of startups each work a bit differently, although they generally involve the assignment of a new phone number that mimics a real cell phone number without actually revealing it.

Wener: Vumber is gaining interest from the medical profession, online daters and even domestic violence victims.

For about $5 a month, Vumber allows cell phone owners to get an additional number in real time by going to its Website. Customers can pick pretty much any area code they want in the United States. When someone calls that number, the phone will ring and the customer hears a prompt, then presses 1 to accept the call. When dialing out, the user dials the Vumber number, or virtual number, then the number he or she wants to call. The recipient of the call sees the Vumber number. With the Vumber number on speed dial, the end-user doesn't have to change his or her behavior, says Vumber founder Cliff Wener.

Features include the ability to exclude certain calls during pre-set times. One of the biggest beta user groups of Vumber is the medical profession. Other users are online daters; one group that isn’t talked about so widely is victims of domestic abuse who can use a Vumber number and not have their location revealed.

Another company that shares similarities to Vumber is Jangl. CEO Michael Cerda and Chief Technology Officer Ben Dean got together in 2005 after Dean listed an ad on Craigslist for a partner to help him establish a company surrounding a technology he was working on. Dean, who was based on the East Coast, ended up staying in Cerda’s West Coast pool house off and on for about six months while they incubated the company.

Cerda: Different customer value proposition than voice SMS companies are putting out.

Their first big deal in 2006 was with, allowing online daters to talk to one another via a mobile or landline phone without giving up their true identity. They added an SMS component in 2007, allowing people to text one another without showing their actual cell phone number. “We’ve seen traffic go through the roof,” Cerda says of the SMS deployment, which he suspects could be an even bigger opportunity than voice in terms of volumes.

Late last year, they launched JanglMe for Bebo, complementing a year-long streak of voice-oriented deployments with popular social networks, such as Phonebook for Facebook and Jangl for Friendster.

Jangl’s revenue stream comes from social networking sites selling its service as a premium feature, but the company’s plans call for the next stream to come from advertising. “We’re not trying to be that company that allows you to call from Seattle to India for pennies,” Cerda says. “That’s a completely different mindset or DNA. We’ve always come out as a lifestyle service, meaning something that impacts lifestyle as opposed to saving money.” That said, Jangl does have a strategic partnership with JaJah, which offers low-priced international phone calling.

talkplus logo TalkPlus says it does everything Vumber does but with additional features. It costs $9.99 a month. TalkPlus doesn't work seamlessly with every cell phone – Verizon Wireless’ BREW is the most closed – but major platforms are supported, including BlackBerry, Treo, Windows CE, Java, Symbian and the iPhone. It’s an application that sits on the phone, so a download is required. But the founders did it on purpose to avoid changing user behavior. “If people have to spend more than 10 seconds … they won’t do it,” Todd says.

If you want to set up certain calls to make them go through your London caller ID, for example, you can do that. The voice mail feature allows users to listen to messages out of order based on who left the messages, or customers can listen to messages as they’re being left and decide to intercept them, much like you would do with a home answering machine. Soon to come is a feature that allows users to pick ambient or background noise, such as a train station, for their calls. As a safeguard, one thing the service doesn't offer is the ability to use TalkPlus numbers to call banks or conduct other financial-related functions.

Similar to the other services, TalkPlus offers mirror numbers. Doctors and lawyers, for example, can call a client or patient without letting them know their true cell phone number, thereby avoiding calls to their cell phones at the wee hours of the morning. It also offers a feature that makes international calls far cheaper by routing calls through local numbers and the TalkPlus servers.v number logo

The idea that people might start saying “Jangl me,” similar to the way they say “Google it,” is not that different from some voice SMS companies, such as Bubble Motion, which encourages people to “Bubble Me” by sending and receiving recorded voice messages, or as in the case of Kirusa, sending a “Talky.”

But Cerda says voice SMS companies typically are trying to change user behavior. “We’re not trying to change people’s behavior,” he says. “What happens to date is people text with people they know, but what Jangl is doing is bringing the opportunity to text even if we don’t know each other so well, and that’s bridging the Web world and the phone world.”

jangle There is a VoIP component to Jangl, but “to say we’re a VoIP company is to say BMW is a tire company,” Cerda says. About a year ago, Jangl realized it was becoming a media company, bridging the worlds of phone and Internet, and started staffing up in that direction. Now, rather than being a pure-play VoIP company, about 25% of the people who work at Jangl are media types.

So far, the VoIP/media companies are not working direct with carriers, largely because they say they can’t sit idle while waiting for a carrier to examine their solutions and then go through a lengthy acceptance process. But they’re not ruling out the possibility of carrier deals. “We like the carriers and we have a value proposition,” Cerda says. “We’re sticky for them, drive up minutes and text messaging and we’re complementary to their revenue models. We help produce text messages and phone calls where they maybe wouldn't have taken place.”

Todd says TalkPlus also is carrier-agnostic and its service doesn't require the explicit cooperation of carriers, but working together could make their lives easier, paving the way for billing, for example, direct on customers’ wireless phone bills.

The new crop of VoIP/caller ID companies could throw a curve ball at some other services designed to come as close to caller ID services as there is. Cequint, for example, offers its City ID service through Alltel Wireless, whereby customers see a caller’s city and state. If someone uses a VoIP number with a different area code, City ID reads the new registered area code as the home calling area.

But it doesn't really change anything regarding City ID, other than someone could select a number from a different state and give the appearance they live elsewhere, which can be done anyway by adding a line. “Whether you have City ID or not, your brain will be doing lookup on the area code anyway,” says Cequint President Scott Weller, adding that the VoIP services just underscore how much consumers want to keep their mobile numbers private.

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   Vol. 11, No. 2 January 18, 2008   

214 Bidders Qualify To Participate in Auction 73

The FCC has found 214 applicants qualified to bid on 700 MHz Band licenses in Auction No. 73, scheduled to begin January 24.

In a Public Notice released late Monday, the FCC reminded applicants that it will not disclose information that may indicate specific applicants’ interests in the auction—including license selections, upfront payments, eligibility, and identities of bidders—until after the close of Auctions 73 and 76.

Clients should therefore avoid discussing or disclosing any information regarding bids, bid strategy, or matters that could influence the post-auction market structure. Examples of prohibited communication include statements to the press about upfront payments, bidding eligibility, and/or whether a company is or is not interested in bidding in Auction 73 or Auction 76. The anti-collusion rules will remain in effect until after the down payment deadline following the close of bidding in Auction 73, and may be extended until after the down payment deadline following the close of bidding in Auction 76, should the FCC determine that it needs to hold a re-auction.

The mock auction is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, January 22.

Auction 73 is scheduled to begin Thursday, January 24, with two rounds of bidding:

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PUBLIC INTEREST GROUPS SEEK “ANTIDISCRIMINATION” CLASSIFICATION FOR TEXT MESSAGING: On December 11, 2007, Public Knowledge, Free Press, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, EDUCAUSE, Media Access Project, New America Foundation, and U.S. PIRG filed a joint petition for declaratory ruling, asking the FCC to clarify the regulatory status of text messaging services, including short-code based services sent from and received by mobile phones, and declare that these services are governed by the anti-discrimination provisions of Title II of the Communications Act. The Petitioners assert that text messaging is “rapidly becoming a major mode of speech, as a replacement for and a complement to traditional voice communications,” and that “short codes are developing into an important tool for political and social outreach.” The Petitioners allege that mobile carriers “arbitrarily decide what customers to serve and which speech to allow in text messages, refusing to serve those that they find controversial or that compete with the mobile carriers’ services.” The Petitioners request that the Commission declare that text messaging services are “commercial mobile services” governed by Title II, and thus are subject to the non-discrimination provisions of Section 202. Alternatively, the Petitioners request that, if the Commission declares that these services are “information services” subject to its Title I authority, the Commission should exercise ancillary jurisdiction to apply the non-discrimination provisions of Title II to text messaging services. Petitioners also request that, in either case, the Commission should declare that refusing to provision a short code or otherwise blocking text messages because of the type of speech, or because the party seeking such service is a competitor, is “unjust and unreasonable discrimination” in violation of law. Comments in this WT Docket No. 08-7 proceeding are due February 13, and replies are due March 14. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

FCC SEEKS COMMENT ON NETWORK NEUTRALITY: On November 14, 2007, Vuze, Inc. filed a Petition for Rulemaking requesting that the Commission initiate a rulemaking proceeding to clarify what constitutes “‘reasonable network management,’ by broadband network operators and to establish that such network management does not permit network operators to block, degrade or unreasonably discriminate against lawful Internet applications, content or technologies” as used in the Commission’s Internet Policy Statement. The Commission is essentially seeking comment on whether its guidelines on “network neutrality” would prevent Internet network operators from discriminating against certain applications used over their networks. Comments in this WC Docket No. 07-52 proceeding are due February 13, and replies are due February 28. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC OPEN MEETING TO FOCUS ON STAFF PRESENTATIONS: The FCC has scheduled an open meeting for Thursday, January 17. The meeting will focus on the Commission’s strategic plan. Commission staff will review agency policies and procedures. Panel One will feature the Managing Director and the Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau. Panel Two will feature the Chiefs of the Media Bureau and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. Panel Three will feature the Chiefs of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and the Office of Engineering and Technology. Panel Four will feature the Chiefs of the International Bureau and the Enforcement Bureau. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

KANSAS REQUIRES INTERCONNECTED VoIP PROVIDERS TO CONTRIBUTE TO STATE USF: The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) has determined that interconnected voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) service providers should be required to contribute to the Kansas Universal Service Fund (KUSF). The decision makes Kansas one of only a small number of states which have imposed state USF obligations on interconnected VoIP service providers. The KCC cited a number of federal provisions as support for its decision, including Section 254(f) of the 1996 federal Telecommunications Act, which provides authority for states to adopt regulations to preserve and advance universal service, as long as the state regulations aren't inconsistent with FCC rules. "Clearly, adding another base of contributors, i.e. the Interconnected VoIP providers, which are already contributing at the federal level, and which would provide additional funds to the KUSF, does not run afoul of Section 254(f). In fact, one might argue that not including such contributors in a state fund is inconsistent with Section 254(f)," the KCC said. It added that at least two states—New Mexico and Nebraska—require interconnected VoIP providers to contribute to their funds, and have done so without facing a claim of federal preemption. “No party in this docket has demonstrated that contributing to the KUSF would have a prohibitive effect on their service offering regardless of how it is classified or defined,” the KCC said. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

VIRGINIA CONSIDERS BANNING TEXTING WHILE DRIVING: The Virginia General Assembly, which began its 60-day session last Wednesday, is considering a pair of bills that would ban texting while driving a car, bicycle, motorcycle, moped or even an electric wheelchair. Lawmakers in four other states, including Maryland, are considering similar proposals, according to the Washington Post. The newspaper reports that Virginia legislators have tried in recent years to ban handheld cellphone use by adult drivers but have not been successful. A year ago, they made it illegal for teenagers under 18 to talk, send text messages or snap photos with a cellphone while driving, but they can be cited only if they are stopped for another offense. This year, supporters say they hope to push a bill that forbids at least some cellphone use, now that drivers are doing more than just talking behind the wheel. Lawmakers in several states are trying to keep up with the latest driver-distraction phenomenon by banning texting, or prohibiting all cellphone use, while driving. In Maryland, where lawmakers also convened this week, a bill has been introduced that would prohibit the use of hand-held phones by all drivers. Another proposal may be on the way that would cover only texting. Six states considered anti-texting laws in 2007; Washington state and New Jersey passed laws, as did the city of Phoenix, Arizona. Five other states and the District of Columbia prohibit drivers from using hand-held phones while driving. Virginia and Maryland have considered an outright cellphone ban for adult drivers almost every year since at least 2001. Maryland banned cellphone use for teens with learner's permits in 2005, and Virginia made it illegal for drivers younger than 18 in 2007. According to the Post, the first reported accident caused by texting may have been in Tennessee in 2005, when a man died after he lost control of his pickup truck and plunged down an embankment. Texting while driving has become popular only in recent years, and few studies specifically measure that distraction. A 2007 study by Nationwide Mutual Insurance estimated that 73 percent of drivers use phones while driving and 20 percent text while behind the wheel. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky and John Prendergast.

EMBARQ, FRONTIER SEEK FORBEARANCE FROM ARMIS REPORTING REQUIREMENTS: The FCC has asked for comments on Embarq’s petition requesting forbearance from enforcement of certain Automated Reporting Management Information System (ARMIS) reporting requirements. Specifically, Embarq seeks forbearance from the enforcement of Commission rules requiring submission of ARMIS Reports 43-05 (Service Quality Report) and 43-08 (Operating Data Report). On November 13, 2007, the Commission received a petition from Frontier and Citizens Communications Incumbent Local Exchange Telephone Carriers (Frontier et al.) also requesting forbearance from the enforcement of Commission rules requiring submission of the ARMIS Service Quality Report and Operating Data Report. Interested parties may file comments on the Embarq and/or the Frontier et al. petitions on or before February 1, 2008 and reply comments on or before March 17, 2008. All filings should refer to WC Docket No. 07-204. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC SEEKS COMMENT ON NECA’s PROPOSED MODIFICATION OF AVERAGE SCHEDULE FORMULAS FOR INTERSTATE SETTLEMENTS: The FCC has asked for comments on the National Exchange Carrier Association’s (NECA’s) proposed modification of average schedule formulas for interstate settlements. NECA proposes to revise the formulas for average schedule interstate settlement disbursements in connection with the provision of interstate access services for the period beginning July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009. Modifications to the average schedule formulas are based on a statistical sampling of the costs and demand of comparable cost companies. NECA indicates that the proposal includes stabilized account growth, and significant reductions in some access demand elements. NECA proposes to limit access minute volumes and line haul circuit counts that would be eligible for average schedule settlements to levels analyzed in its study. NECA estimates that, under the proposed changes to the formula, the majority of carriers would receive a small increase in settlements, ave raging 2.7 percent, given constant demand. NECA asserts that the effects of these formula changes on individual average schedule companies will vary depending on each company’s size and demand characteristics. Comments in this WC Docket No. 07-290 proceeding are due January 30, and replies are due February 11. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.


CCI ENUM LLC ISSUES RFP TO BUILD ELECTONIC NUMBERING (ENUM) DATABASE TO ACCOMMODATE IP: The Country Code 1 (CC1) ENUM LLC has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the industry to build an ENUM (electronic number) database. The LLC is made up of AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. The LLC will allow service providers with access to numbering resources to access the database. The intent of the LLC is for this to be the master database for the entire United States. On the surface, it appears to resemble the manner in which NeuStar's Number Portability Administration Center (NPAC) was built. It lacks, however, the state and federal government law and regulation that both underlies and oversees LNP and the NPAC. This is an industry initiative outside the regulatory purview of the Federal and State governments. The ENUM database, a tool that will translate phone numbers to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, allows carriers to drive more of the traditional voice traffic from the PSTN onto the internet. Some regulators and even carriers have expressed concern that this migration of traffic off the Internet will negatively affect those entities that rely heavily on the fees raised via traffic being routed across the public switched telephone network (PSTN), fees such as 911, access charges, and universal service. Other carriers believe that this is a natural progression of telecommunications away from the PSTN and toward an all IP network. In the RFP, the CC1 ENUM LLC states it is seeking “to build a commercial implementation of Provider ENUM that is consistent with the relevant open standards of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), upon which ENUM is based. The LLC will help to implement a Provider ENUM system for those service providers within the United States that choose to participate. It is intended that the LLC implementation of Provider ENUM will adhere to national and industry privacy requirements. For the purposes of responding to this RFP, the LLC would consider entering into a contract with the chosen vendor for an initial period of Four (4) years with the mutually agreed upon option of two (2) extensions of the contract for a period of two (2) years each based on the vendor meeting the defined performance requirements. The vendor must furnish the necessary personnel, material, equipment, services, and facilities (except as otherwise specified) to perform the requirements stated in this Request for Proposal (RFP). The exact duration of the contract will be negotiated with the chosen vendor.” Vendor responses to the RFP are due in February. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.


JANUARY 22: FCC FORM 497, LOW INCOME QUARTERLY REPORT. This form, the Lifeline and Link -Up Worksheet, must be submitted to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) by all eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) that request reimbursement for participating in the low-income program. The form must be submitted by the third Monday after the end of each quarter. This year, however, the third Monday is January 21, Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday. Therefore, the due date is January 22. The form is available at: BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

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

FEBRUARY 1: FCC FORM 499-Q, TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORTING WORKSHEET. All telecommunications common carriers that expect to contribute more than $10,000 to federal Universal Service Fund (USF) support mechanisms must file this quarterly form. The FCC has modified this form in light of its recent decision to establish interim measures for USF contribution assessments. The form contains revenue information from the prior quarter plus projections for the next quarter. Form 499-Q relates only to USF contributions. It does not relate to the cost recovery mechanisms for the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and the shared costs of local number portability (LNP), which are covered in the annual form (Form 499-A) that is due April 1. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

FEBRUARY 29: COPYRIGHT STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT FORM FOR CABLE COMPANIES. This form, plus royalty payment for the second half of calendar year 2007, is due February 29. The form covers the period July 1 to December 31, 2007, and is due to be mailed directly by cable TV operators to the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office. If you do not receive the form, please contact Gerry Duffy.

MARCH 1: CPNI ANNUAL CERTIFICATION. Although the rules do not specify when carriers should modify and complete their “Annual Certification of CPNI Compliance” for 2007, we recommend that you do so as soon as possible. The certification must be filed with the FCC by March 1. Note that the annual certification should include the following three required Exhibits: (a) a Statement Explaining How The Company’s Operating Procedures Ensure Compliance With The FCC’S CPNI Rules to reflect the Company’s policies and information; (b) a Statement of Actions Taken Against Data Brokers; and (c) a Summary of Customer Complaints Regarding Unauthorized Release of CPNI. A company officer with personal knowledge that the company has established operating procedures adequate to ensure compliance with the rules must execute the Certification, place a copy of the Certification and accompanying Exhibits in the Company’s CPNI Compliance Records, and forward the original to BloostonLaw for filing with the FCC by March 1. BloostonLaw is prepared to help our clients meet this requirement, which we expect will be strictly enforced, by assisting with preparation of their certification filing; reviewing the filing to make sure that the required showings are made; filing the certification with the FCC, and obtaining a proof-of-filing copy for your records. Clients interested in obtaining BloostonLaw's CPNI compliance manual should contact Gerry Duffy (202-828-5528) or Mary Sisak (202-828- 5554).

MARCH 1: FCC FORM 477, LOCAL COMPETITION AND BROADBAND REPORTING FORM. The current form has two categories: First, all providers of local telephone service, including cellular and PCS carriers, that serve 10,000 or more voice-grade equivalent lines or 10,000 or more wireless channels (or customers) in a given state must file Form 477 for that state. Second, facilities-based providers that serve at least 250 one-way or two-way broadband service lines (in excess of 200 Kbps) or 250 or more wireless broadband customers in a given state must file Form 477 for that state. Such providers may include incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers (LECsl), cable companies, fixed wireless service providers, multipoint distribution service (MDS) providers, utilities, and others. Entities that only resell broadband services should not report broadband lines or customers on Form 477. In particular, an Internet service provider (ISP) that purchases broadband service from another entity should not report such lines or customers. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

APRIL 1: FCC FORM 499-A, TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORTING WORKSHEET. This form must be filed by all contributors to the Universal Service Fund (USF) support mechanisms, the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, the cost recovery mechanism for the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and the shared costs of local number portability (LNP). Contributors include every telecommunications carrier that provides interstate, intrastate, and international telecommunications, and certain other entities that provide interstate telecommunications for a fee. Even common carriers that qualify for the de minimis exemption must file Form 499-A. Entities whose universal service contributions will be less than $10,000 qualify for the de minimis exemption. De minimis entities do not have to file the quarterly report (FCC Form 499-Q), which was due February 1, and will again be due May 1. Form 499-Q relates to universal service contributions, but not to the TRS, NANPA, and LNP mechanisms. Form 499-A relates to all of these mechanisms and, hence, applies to all providers of interstate, intrastate, and international telecommunications services. Form 499-A contains revenue information for January 1 through December 31 of the prior calendar year. And Form 499-Q contains revenue information from the prior quarter plus projections for the next quarter. Block 2-B of the Form 499-A requires each carrier to designate an agent in the District of Columbia upon whom all notices, process, orders, and decisions by the FCC may be served on behalf of that carrier in proceedings before the Commission. Carriers receiving this newsletter may specify our law firm as their D.C. agent for service of process using the information in our masthead. There is no charge for this service. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast. APRIL 21: FCC FORM 497, LOW INCOME QUARTERLY REPORT. This form, the Lifeline and Link -Up Worksheet, must be submitted to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) by all eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) that request reimbursement for participating in the low-income program. The form must be submitted by the third Monday after the end of each quarter. It is available at: BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

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

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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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Date: January 15, 2008 4:18:21 PM CST


FYI I don't know if you are aware of last week's Monk TV episode, but they had an interesting story line about pagers. They had a store selling cell phones and pagers in the window. Monk said he was going to take the plunge and his assistant thought he was going to buy a cell phone. Actually he wanted his assistant to buy a pager. (which by the way was $29 per month) They then talked about how Doctors use pagers because they have better coverage than cell phones etc. The reason why they went into that was because the whole story plot was in fact about a Doctor and his pager going off. I think they had the beginning issue to educate the new generation what a pager was. I mention this just because it is rare but nice when paging is favorably portrayed. I am writing you this because I mentioned it to Jim Nelson and he suggested I send it to you.

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