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FRIDAY - APRIL 25, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 307

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

I have received one report of an attack on a paging company's alphanumeric page input on their web site from various countries—similar to a DoS attack. Has anyone else noticed their customers getting a lot of bogus or garbled messages via the web?

New Product Announcement
Unication Co. Ltd.’s UniMax is an alert amplifier for docked pagers and mobile phones. The unit is triggered by the alert tone of the pager or cell phone and will generate 1 of 10 User selectable alerting tones. The tones increase in volume every 5 seconds, to a maximum level of over 100 dB SPL, for a duration of 1 minute, 3 minutes or continuous. Other features include a volume control and LED status indicators. The UniMax can operate with 3 AA batteries or AC power. Their new ad follows.

Group Text Messaging Service
NOTIFYall Group Text Messaging Service delivers your text message to an unlimited number of cell phones, pagers, PDAs, or e-mail on any service, anywhere, anytime!
Their new ad follows.

Bell Industries, Inc.
When I tried to get a quote on "BI" stock today, I got back: "No quote found for that symbol." Then I tried with the whole company name and got an OTC quote on "BIUI" so I guess the transition from the American Stock Exchange to Over The Counter is complete. Things have been quiet on the SkyTel deal this week. If I hear anything, I will let you know. Of course I don't pretend to be a finance guy, but I have some smart friends that help shed some light on these events.

Now on to more news and views . . .

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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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10 Selectable Alerting Tones
3 Alerting Duration Settings
No Physical Connections
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Unication USA 817-303-9320

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USA Mobility Inc. (USMO) Reached the 52-Week Low of $6.72


The prices of USA Mobility Inc. (USMO) shares have declined to close the 52-week low of $6.72, which is 76.5% lower than its 52-week high of $28.46. The company provides wireless communications solutions to the healthcare, government, enterprise, and emergency response sectors in the United States . USA Mobility Inc. has a market cap of $183.54 million, a P/S ratio of 0.43, and a dividend yield of 53.3%.

USA Mobility has announced a fourth-quarter net loss of $46.7 million . The company declined to a new 52-week low on this news. It dropped nearly 10%.

USA Mobility Inc. is owned by 1 Guru. He left his positions unchanged. Ruane Cunniff owns 135,000 shares as of 12/31/2007 , which accounts for 0.02% of the $12.64 billion portfolio of Ruane & Cunniff & Goldfarb Inc.

President & CEO, Director Vincent D. Kelly bought 30,000 shares of USMO stock on 03/10/2008 at the average price of $7.34; the price of the stock has decreased by 8.45% since.



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 aapc logo AAPC Bulletin • 866-301-2272
The Voice of US Paging Carriers

AAPC is representing the paging industry at the East and West coast Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International (APCO) Conventions.

APCO is the world’s largest organization dedicated to public safety communications, their members consist of emergency call centers, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, fire departments, forestry services, and others who work with communications systems that safeguard the world’s citizens.

This month AAPC representatives already staffed a booth at the east coast event and responded to multiple requests from attendees seeking carriers in various parts of the east coast. Next week is the APCO west conference and AAPC will be there to promote the paging industry and ultimately your business.

Welcome to AAPC newest members:

raven systems Raven Systems
mobilfone Mobilfone
For over 50 years, Mobilfone has been providing communication solutions for businesses in Kansas and Missouri. Mobilfone provides one-way and two-way paging, business-band radios and wireless phones.

Thanks to our Gold Vendor member!

PRISM Paging

Thanks to our Silver Vendor Members!
isc technologies
ISC Technologies, Inc.
recurrent software
Recurrent Software Solutions, Inc.
Unication USA

Thanks to our Bronze Member Vendors!

AAPC Executive Director
441 N. Crestwood Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405
Tel: 866-301-2272
AAPC Regulatory Affairs Office
Suite 250
2154 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007-2280
Tel: 202-223-3772
Fax: 202-315-3587

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Advertiser Index

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

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April 7, 2008

Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary
Federal Communications Commission
445 Twelfth Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20554

  Subject:   In the Matter of Unlicensed Operation in the TV Broadcast Bands ET Docket No. 04-186

Dear Ms. Dortch:

spacer The undersigned industry organizations (the “Parties”) hereby submit this ex parte presentation to address issues raised in the above-captioned proceeding that is intended to promote the use of unlicensed devices in the frequency bands generally allocated to the television broadcast services.1 EWA has previously participated in this proceeding, primarily to ensure that existing land mobile stations operating in 11 markets on UHF-TV channels 14-20 (470-512 MHz) are suitably protected from interference caused by “TV White Space” (“TVWS”) devices. As further discussed below, the Parties now urge the Commission to adopt rules for so-called TVWS devices that enhance their suitability for business enterprise applications by promoting compatibility between unlicensed devices themselves.2


spacer The Parties represent a broad alliance of business enterprise users, communication system operators, wireless sales and service providers. A substantial number of the business enterprise members operate private, internal wireless systems using a diverse range of equipment, such as traditional land mobile radios, ISM devices, RFID technology and virtually every other wireless application that promotes productivity and operational efficiency. Other members represented by the Parties include wireless Internet service providers (“WISPs”) that wish to introduce economical broadband service to smaller businesses in communities where such services are not yet established. These internal operations and commercial WISP systems may operate in licensed and/or unlicensed spectrum bands depending on their geographic location and operating parameters. Notably, while a number of bands have been made available through competitive bidding processes for broadband allocations provided by commercial operators, virtually no spectrum has been identified to support internal broadband systems for the nation’s business enterprises.

spacer The Parties’ technology manufacturer members have equally broad interests and include some of the most advanced technology developers in today’s marketplace, providing equipment that can be deployed on both licensed and unlicensed bands. Thus, the Parties and their members have a substantial, direct interest in the outcome of the instant proceeding due to the significant opportunities to deploy new broadband systems in the TVWS spectrum.

spacer The Commission’s proceeding is considering rules that would allow a variety of unlicensed devices to operate in unoccupied portions of the TV broadcast allocation. Appropriately, the Commission’s first order of concern has been the protection of incumbent spectrum users. Earlier in this proceeding, EWA participated in the comments and filings submitted by the Land Mobile Communications Council (“LMCC”). The LMCC advised the FCC at the outset about its concerns with respect to potential interference from such devices to primary land mobile systems and the need to protect land mobile facilities operating on TV Channels 14-20 pursuant to Section 90.350 and Section 22.651 of the FCC’s Rules.3 These systems are used by private commercial carriers, manufacturers, utilities, refineries, and by state and local public safety entities, among others. In its Comments on the further proposal portion of the First R&O and FNRPM, the LMCC also requested that the Commission consider whether some portion of the TV broadcast spectrum could be assigned to expand the licensed use of the 470-512 MHz band under Parts 90 and 22 of the FCC’s Rules.4


spacer The Parties share the Commission’s objectives that this proceeding allow for the “development of new and innovative types of devices and services for businesses and consumers, without disrupting television and other authorized services using the TV bands.”5 We believe that this outcome is best achieved by adopting TVWS rules that protect incumbent operations while making TVWS operations more usable for internal business applications and for those operating commercial systems that serve business enterprise wireless needs.

spacer First, we are concerned with the potential effectiveness of devices that rely solely on spectrum sensing techniques to avoid interference to mobile radio systems operating on TV Channels 14-20. By contrast with television broadcast facilities, land mobile systems operate at relatively low power and are characterized by intermittent, itinerant transmissions between mobile/portable devices and base station facilities. Detecting these transmissions via sensing techniques alone presents a substantial risk of interference. Therefore, we continue to support the FCC’s initial decision to prohibit unlicensed mobile and portable devices on TV Channels 14-20.6 Prohibiting such use will protect commercial, business enterprise and public safety land mobile facilities unless other protocols and technologies such as geolocation are implemented that assure that the integrity of existing land mobile service areas is preserved.

spacer Moreover, even on spectrum and in areas where TVWS can be utilized, the FCC must ensure that unlicensed TVWS devices are not introduced in a manner that results in a “tragedy of the commons” that so often occurs in unlicensed bands. In ET Docket No. 03-201, the Commission is considering the adoption of “spectrum etiquette” procedures for unlicensed devices in the 902-928 MHz band, as well as in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, to promote greater compatibility among myriad types of very different unlicensed products deployed in those bands.7 EWA filed Reply Comments opposing the adoption of a spectrum etiquette provision in the 902-928 MHz band noting that the opportunity to influence the current congestion in that band has long passed.8 However, EWA encouraged the Commission to consider at the outset what, if any, spectrum etiquette rules should apply to unlicensed devices in newly allocated bands.9 EWA specifically recommended that the FCC apply the principle to the TV White Space proceeding.10

spacer The Parties’ primary interest in proposing rules for the deployment of TV White Space devices is to ensure that such devices provide the necessary long-term security for critical IP network applications for use by business enterprises and WISPs. Past experience in other unlicensed bands has seen wireless broadband networks receiving increased levels of interference from consumer-oriented devices with limited degrees of sophistication and security. Business enterprise users and WISPs will not invest in TV White Space devices unless there is a sound technical basis for an expectation that similar problems will not occur in these bands. With this objective in mind, the Parties offer the following recommendations for successful TVWS deployment.


spacer The Parties recommend that the FCC adopt the following technical and coordination policies for deployment of TV White Space devices. These recommendations are consistent with the FCC’s “licensed/unlicensed” regulatory framework adopted for the 3650 MHz band which, in our opinion, represents a well thought out balancing of ease of entry with the quality of service protections raised here.

spacer Specifically, and assuming appropriate rules are in place to prevent interference to land mobile operations on Channels 14-20, the Parties support the adoption of rules to allow TV White Space devices on TV channels 5-51 subject to the following conditions:

  • Mandatory ULS Registration Requirement for All Fixed Points: We recommend that the Commission adopt the same registration requirement for all fixed points that it approved for use in the 3650 – 3700 MHz band.11 This approach will allow potential users to better ascertain the spectrum environment prior to investing in equipment and network deployment assets and will augment the technological approaches to promoting compatibility. The Parties support base/mobile, portable, point-to-point and point-to-multipoint operations in the TVWS spectrum, and we recommend this registration requirement apply to the fixed points in all of these types of systems.12
  • Reliance on Multiple Technology Approaches to Minimize Interference to Incumbents and to Promote Compatibility Among Unlicensed Devices: The FCC is investigating various technical approaches to govern channel access for TV White Space devices. We believe that the FCC should adopt a layered approach that maximizes the quality of service and protection to incumbent facilities.
    • Geolocation and data base look-up technology should be required in order to provide a first line of protection to incumbents by specifying channels that are not available for use in particular locations. Access to the necessary information can be made available through the data base management options described below.
    • Spectrum sensing and beacon signal detection technologies should be required to provide a second layer of protection to facilities that are not listed in the data base, such as Part 74 wireless microphones and the itinerant mobile/portable devices operated on Channels 14-20 by land mobile licensees.
  • Third Party Data Base Management: We also recommend that the FCC endorse the formation of one or more third party data base management entities that would gather, organize and make available through the internet the location of ULS registered fixed TV White Space devices, as well as detailed information on incumbent broadcast and land mobile facilities, including location, operating parameters, antenna performance and other technical data needed to fulfill the benefits of geolocation technology. The third party data base would be synchronized continuously with the FCC’s Universal Licensing System to ensure all incumbent data is up to date. Thus, it would provide the actual TV White Space devices with real-time frequency assignments in order to protect broadcasters, and protected systems operating on broadcast spectrum from harmful interference. This data base could also be made available through the internet to licensees who may wish to predetermine the feasibility of system deployment prior to committing financial resources.
  • Power Levels for Fixed and Mobile Systems: Devices that deploy the full range of interference protection features described above should be able to operate at the 4 watt ERP power level currently contemplated by the FCC’s rules. This higher power should be sufficient to provide business enterprises with base/mobile or base/portable facilities capable of covering large campus environments, thereby offering viable broadband operations to support greater operational efficiency and security.

spacer The TV White Space spectrum is a valuable national resource that demands carefully calibrated FCC oversight and technical standards if it is to achieve its maximum potential.

spacer While the Parties support a low barrier to entry for potential users of this spectrum by a simplified on-line registration process, the technology must be in place to protect all incumbents, as well as to encourage broadband system investments by business enterprises and WISPs. We urge the Commission to proceed in a thorough and thoughtful manner to ensure that all relevant interests are protected in this proceeding.


Respectfully submitted,

American Petroleum Institute Telecommunications Committee

/s/ Jack Richards
Gregory E. Kunkle
Keller and Heckman
1001 G Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 434-4100 1

Enterprise Wireless Alliance

/s/ Mark E. Crosby
8484 Westpark Drive, Suite 630
McLean, Virginia 22102
(703) 528-5115


/s/ David J. Robison
216 Haywood Street
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
(828) 250-0030


cc: Julius P. Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology
Ira Keltz, Deputy Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology
Fred Campbell, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Roger Noel, Chief, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Scot Stone, Deputy Chief, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

1 Unlicensed Operation in the TV Broadcast Bands, Additional Spectrum for Unlicensed Devices Below 900 MHz and in the 3 GHz Band, ET Docket No. 04-186, First Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 21 FCC Rcd 12266 (2006) (“First R&O and FNPRM”).

2 The American Petroleum Institute’s Telecommunications Committee membership includes virtually every major entity engaged in the exploration, production and distribution of oil and gas products that rely extensively on wireless networks to promote safety and to improve productivity. The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (“EWA”) represents the communication interests of business enterprises, wireless sales/service organizations and technology manufacturers, as well as the views in this proceeding of the American Association of Paging Carriers (“AAPC”). AAPC is an affiliated market council of EWA, whose members include paging carriers, technology manufacturers and other vendors to the paging industry. The USMSS is an independent trade association whose members consist of wireless sales and service entities that are actively engaged in the operation, provision, deployment and maintenance of advanced wireless systems, including the operation of local and regional IP networks.

3 See LMCC Reply Comments filed Feb. 1, 2005.

4 See LMCC Comments filed Jan. 31, 2007 at 9-10.

5 First R&O and FNPRM at ¶ 1.

6 EWA also has urged the FCC not to permit unlicensed fixed devices on these channels. That issue is pending before the Commission in this proceeding.

7 Modification of Parts 2 and 15 of the Commission’s Rules for Unlicensed Devices and Equipment Approval, Memorandum Opinion and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Memorandum Opinion and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, ET Docket No. 03-201, 22 FCC Rcd 11383 (2007).

8 See EWA Reply Comments filed Nov. 14, 2007.

9 Id. at 5.

10 Id. at 5-6.

11 See 47 C.F.R. § 90.1307.

12 See ex parte letter dated Jan. 3, 2008, submitted jointly by Sprint Nextel Corporation and T-Mobile USA, Inc. EWA supports fixed use as one element of the TVWS decision and agrees that it will increase the usefulness and productivity of the TV bands.

Source: Enterprise Wireless Alliance

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The new RAVENAlert answers the need for a fast, intelligent, and dependable indoor alerting device. Features include:

  • High volume audible alert.
  • Large backlit screen.
  • Clear voice via new text to speech technology.
  • Compact Size. 5.5 X 5 inches
  • Easy wall mount or sits upright on any flat surface
  • Battery or line powered
  • Vast grouping capability
  • FLEX or POCSAG in all frequency bands
  • UL Listed


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GL3000 Paging Terminals - C2000 Transmitter Controllers
GL3200 Internet Gateways - Transmitter Equipment


GTES is the only Glenayre authorized software support provider in the paging industry. With years of combined experience in Glenayre hardware and software support, GTES offers the industry the most professional support and engineering staff available.

GTES Partner Maintenance Program
Glenayre Product Sales
Software Licenses, Upgrades and Feature License Codes
New & Used Spare Parts and Repairs
Customer Phone Support and On-Site Services
Product Training


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  Phone: +1-251-445-6826
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Above is a sample of what we have, call for a full list.
These parts are fully refurbished to like new condition.
New LCDs and Lenses are also available.

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CPR Technology, Inc.

'Serving the Paging industry since 1987'


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Motorola 1Q loss widens as phone sales fall

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Struggling cell phone maker Motorola Inc. said Thursday that its first-quarter loss widened as sales in the company's key handset unit fell 39 percent, extending a two-year slump.

The results come as Motorola is in the midst of a massive upheaval, announcing plans earlier this spring to split itself into two publicly traded companies as it struggles to revive its cell phone unit. The company has a new chairman as well as a new chief executive and has seen a fleet of senior executives leave in recent months.

The suburban Chicago company said it lost $194 million, or 9 cents per share, for the quarter ending March 31. That's worse than the company's year-ago loss of $181 million, or 8 cents per share.

Sales fell about 21 percent to $7.45 billion, down from $9.43 billion a year ago.

The worse-than-expected performance fell short of Wall Street expectations.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial predicted a loss of 7 cents per share on sales of $7.75 billion.

For the second quarter, Schaumburg-based Motorola said it expects to lose 2 to 4 cents per share from continuing operations. Analysts expected a loss of 1 cent per share.

Its shares fell 35 cents, or 3.7 percent, to $9.20 in pre-market trading.

"During the first quarter, we made an important strategic decision to separate the company, creating two independent, publicly traded entities," Greg Brown, who became Motorola's president and chief executive in January, said in a statement.

Motorola said Thursday that its cell phone unit lost $418 million during the quarter, nearly 80 percent more than the $233 million it lost during the same period last year. Meanwhile, the company's home and networks mobility division, which sells TV set-top boxes and modems, saw its operating profit shrink by eight percent to $153 million. The only bright spot in the company's financial performance continued to be its enterprise mobility solutions division, which sells computing and communications equipment to businesses. That unit saw its operating profits grow 9 percent.

Source: Associated Press

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Prism Paging
300 Colonial Center Parkway,
Suite 100
Roswell, Georgia 30076

Tel: 678-353-3366

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Motorola Roadmap 2008 leaked

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

motorola logo A whole bunch of new Motorola handsets seem to be under way. A leaked Motorola 2008 roadmap disclosed all the information and we are more than happy to pass it on.

Chances are that you've already heard that the Motorola Mobile Division is going through some rough times. It's good to see that they are trying their best to fight back, but even now that we see what they will have to offer in 2008, we are not really sure that they are going to make it successfully through the end of the year.

motorola product map

Motorola A810 has a 2.2-inch 262K color TFT display with QVGA resolution and a 2 megapixel camera. It runs on a 200 MHz TI OMAP850 processor. It boasts stereo Bluetooth, FM radio, USB 2.0 connectivity, a 3.5 mm audio jack and tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support. Memory is expandable via a microSD memory card.

Motorola A810 measures 104.85 x 50.8 x 13.5mm and weighs 100 grams. It has a touchscreen display with full support for handwriting recognition and uses Linux OS for its user interface.

The Motorola VE75 is a dual SIM slider with a large 2.6-inch 262K color TFT display. The display has 16:9 ratio and has a WQVGA resolution (240 x 400 pixels). Much like the recently reviewed Samsung D880 duos, the Motorola VE75 has dual SIM functionality, which allows it to operate with two SIM cards simultaneously.

Motorola VE75 measures 110 x 50 x 18.9mm and weighs 120 grams. The multimedia widescreen device also sports a 2 megapixel camera and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Motorola A1600 is equipped with GPS, WLAN and a 3 megapixel auto focus camera. The touch-based A1600 comes as a successor of the original Motorola A1200 MING and has a 2.4-inch 262K TFT display.

The Motorola A1600 will have quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support and will measure 98.5 x 53.4 x 19.50mm and weighs 120 grams.

The Motorola A1800 MING is also a handset we reported on recently. It's unique with the fact that it can work simultaneously in GSM and CDMA x1 networks - that may be of particular interest to US customers.

The Motorola A1800 MING will also have a GPS receiver and will sport a touchscreen 2.4-inch QVGA TFT display. It will measure 95.3 x 52.5 x 24.95mm and weigh 132 grams.

The Motorola L800t is again a dual-network device. It will be the first TD-SCDMA handset by Motorola (TD-SCDMA is a 3G telecommunications standard currently being tested in China). Beside that the Motorola L800t has GSM/GPRS support.

Its specifications are relatively lower midrange - a 1.9-inch 176 x 220 pixel TFT display and a 2 megapixel camera. The Motorola L800t naturally has Bluetooth support. The handset measures 49 x 112 x 15mm and weighs 110 grams.

And finally, the flagship of the product line is the 5 megapixel Motorola ZN5 code named "Texel". It's only 11.9mm in thickness and has the impressive morphing keypad seen otherwise on Motorola ROKR E8.

The Motorola ZN5 will run on the Montavista Linux 2.6.1 OS and a 500MHz Freescale SCMA11 processor. The ZN5 will also flaunt a 2.4-inch 262K color TFT display with QVGA resolution. Bluetooth and TV-out port complete the feature set that's known for now.

Since all these devices are scheduled for Q2 2008 we should be expecting an official announcement by Motorola within a month or so.

Source: Mobile Business Magazine

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Without an alert, interoperability means nothing.

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With the M1501 Acknowledgement Pager and a SPARKGAP wireless data system, you know when your volunteers have been alerted, when they’ve read the message, and how they’re going to respond – all in the first minutes of an event. Only the M1501 delivers what agencies need – reliable, rugged, secure alerting with acknowledgement.

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Europe’s most popular Fire-Pager now available in the USA!
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  • 32 addresses with 50 user profiles
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  • Large display for clarity at a glance
  • Four minutes voice memory (RE629 Stored Voice)
  • Water resistant case
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RE629 Voice — the comfort model
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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.
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Contact Zetron today to discuss your paging needs.

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P.O. Box 97004
Redmond, WA 98073-9704 USA
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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cooper notification

Houston TranStar Launches Cooper Notification's Roam Secure Alert Network™ for Emergency Notification

System Improves Communication for Transportation and Emergency Management Personnel

April 21, 2008 09:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time

ARLINGTON, Va.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Cooper Notification, a platform of Cooper Industries, Ltd. (NYSE:CBE), announced today that Houston TranStar, the Greater Houston Transportation and Emergency Management Center, has launched its Roam Secure Alert Network™ (RSAN™) for emergency notification. Transportation and emergency management personnel in Greater Houston can now quickly and reliably communicate via email, text messaging and other channels and collaborate as they provide the transportation and emergency management services to the public.

As a partnership of four government agencies responsible for coordinating the planning, design and operations of transportation and emergency management in the Greater Houston region, Houston TranStar can use RSANTM for interagency notifications of localized roadway flooding, chemical plant explosions or public transit route diversions. Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city, is the seventh major U.S. city to choose RSAN™ for emergency communications, joining Baltimore, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

“Priority one for Harris County is providing for the public safety of its more than 3.8 million diverse residents who live throughout its 1,728 square miles,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “RSAN™ is among our newest resources to help meet our goal of robust communications with all our public and private sector partners during any disaster so that critical decisions are made with the best possible information in hand.” Harris County Judge Ed Emmett serves as director of Harris County’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. RSAN™ will also be used internally for transit issues by the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) to improve communication with individual bus drivers.

Over 180 RSAN™ systems are currently operating across the country at local, state and federal government agencies, schools, hospitals, refineries and other key businesses. Cooper Notification’s patent-pending Roam Secure Information Exchange (RSIX) allows Houston TranStar to securely connect with other RSAN™ systems and share information as needed. For example, they could choose to connect with New Orleans to share information quickly regarding a weather event affecting the Gulf Coast area.

“We are pleased to welcome Houston TranStar to Cooper Notification’s Roam Secure Alert Network™ and the national emergency information exchange,” said Ken Camarco, President, Cooper Notification. “Cooper Industries is headquartered in Houston and prepared to support Houston TranStar in every possible way as they begin day-to-day usage of RSAN™.”

About Houston TranStar

The Houston TranStar consortium is a partnership of four government agencies that are responsible for providing transportation management and emergency management services to the greater Houston Region. The following agencies have signed an interlocal agreement to share their resources and find solutions for providing these services to the citizens of the region: the Texas Department of Transportation, Harris County, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County and the City of Houston. For more information, visit

About Cooper Notification

Cooper Notification, a solution platform of The Cooper Safety Division, is comprised of several businesses that have decades of experience and innovation in the development of high quality products and solutions. With the ever present need to protect, alert and inform, Cooper Notification is focused on meeting the growing demand for personnel and property safety. We are the source for notification solutions including Wheelock fire and security notification appliances and devices, SAFEPATH and WAVES voice evacuation and mass notification systems, Wheelock and MEDC industrial signaling and Roam Secure emergency text alerting services. For more information, visit the web site at

About Cooper Industries

Cooper Industries, Ltd. (NYSE:CBE) is a global manufacturer with 2007 revenues of $5.9 billion, approximately 87% of which are from electrical products. Founded in 1833, Cooper's sustained level of success is attributable to a constant focus on innovation, evolving business practices while maintaining the highest ethical standards, and meeting customer needs. The Company has eight operating divisions with leading market share positions and world-class products and brands including: Bussmann electrical and electronic fuses; Crouse-Hinds and CEAG explosion-proof electrical equipment; Halo and Metalux lighting fixtures; and Kyle and McGraw-Edison power systems products. With this broad range of products, Cooper is uniquely positioned for several long-term growth trends including the global infrastructure build-out, the need to improve the reliability and productivity of the electric grid, the demand for higher energy-efficient products and the need for improved electrical safety. Sixty percent of total sales are to customers in the Industrial and Utility end-markets and 34% of total sales are currently to customers outside the United States. Cooper, which has more than 31,500 employees and manufacturing facilities in 23 countries, is incorporated in Bermuda with administrative headquarters in Houston, TX. For more information, visit the website at

Source: BusinessWire

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ucsf UCSF Prepares for the Worst in Aftermath of VA Tech Tragedy

First Appeared Thursday, 17 April '08
By Christopher Jones

A recent University of California report put the tragedy at Virginia Tech into perspective.

“There is no greater priority for the University of California system than the safety and security of students, faculty, staff and visitors,” it reads. “The impact of the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech that occurred on April 16, 2007 continues to be felt across the nation and has altered our collective awareness of the adequacy of security at the nation’s institutions of higher education. This awareness is grounded in the universal understanding that, given a different conjunction of circumstances, what happened at Virginia Tech that day could have happened elsewhere, including at the University of California.”

With those words, UC embarked upon a mission to safeguard the students, faculty, staff and visitors among its 10 campuses.

For its part, UCSF recognized that it faced myriad challenges to rapidly delivering an emergency notification of a violent intruder, such as an active shooter, on campus. UCSF is atypical of university campus settings in that it is spread out over the City and County of San Francisco in five major concentrations and hundreds of geographically dispersed, leased spaces.

UCSF has older buildings which pose structural and technological impediments to the delivery of web, cell phone and wireless text messaging.

Last year, Senior Vice Chancellor Steve Barclay commissioned staff to assess UCSF’s capabilities to respond to and provide timely mass notification of an emergency under an “active shooter” scenario. A comprehensive emergency communications committee was created and co-chaired by Associate Vice Chancellors Randy Lopez and Steve Wiesenthal, who has since left UCSF. The committee comprised representatives of UCSF Police, Capital Programs and Facilities Management, Public Affairs, Office of Research and UCSF Medical Center.

The committee reviewed an active shooter test scenario as a means to evaluate gaps in existing UCSF mass communication capabilities, including protocol, infrastructure and operations; researched potential solutions to resolve gaps; and made recommendations for specific improvements to strengthen the communication capabilities related to an active shooter event response and management.

Based upon these assessments, UCSF Police Chief Pamela Roskowski submitted a comprehensive emergency communications proposal to Barclay on Feb. 25. Timing of this proposal has come when the state and University of California face budget reductions resulting in part from the economic downturn facing the nation.

Safety a Priority

To the credit of Barclay, Lopez and Wiesenthal, who view the safety of UCSF staff, faculty and students as a priority, funding was recently approved for the UCSF Police Department’s Homeland Security Emergency Management Program to develop a mass notification system.

This system would enable the UCSF Police Department to issue an emergency warning to staff, faculty and students via an unlimited number of email, phone, cell phone, text messaging, pagers or other UCSF or personal communication devices available to the campus community.

Students, faculty and staff will be able to provide the mass notification system with the numbers of as many personal contact devices as they wish to ensure the greatest chance of receiving an emergency warning.

Additionally, the proposal calls for the purchase and installation of 33 electronic visual display boards to be placed in strategic locations at UCSF, including Parnassus, Laurel Heights, Mission Bay, Mission Center, Mount Zion and the medical center, and the installation of additional boards in future years. The goal of the mass notification system is to be able to send an emergency notification via email, voice, web, public address, alarm, and electronic display boards within minutes of a threat or emergency.

This will be a major undertaking requiring the collaboration of UCSF stakeholders representing telecommunications, IT, Human Resources, legal, facilities, purchasing, medical center, students, faculty and administration, among many others.

At the same time, the UCSF Police Department has been receiving training and is preparing for an exercise to respond rapidly to an active shooter incident. The Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program has also undertaken a major effort to increase University compliance in the development or updating of campus emergency action plans to ensure that employees can safely evacuate or escape from buildings.

Over the next year, UCSF will be engaged in a number of emergency preparedness projects to enhance communication about and create systems to prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from emergencies.

For more information on UCSF emergency preparedness, visit

Christopher Jones is associate director Homeland Security and Emergency Management at the UCSF Police Department.

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The Report of the University of California Campus Security Task Force

Source: University of California, San Francisco

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Top 100 Most Powerful Brands ranking released

April 21, 2008

As more and more consumers around the world use mobile devices for business and social reasons, Mobile Service Providers has emerged as the fastest growing industry category in terms of brand value growth, according to the 2008 BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Powerful Brands ranking released by global market research and consulting firm Millward Brown.

Led by China Mobile, the mobile service providers category as a whole increased by 35 percent over last year.

The comprehensive, global BrandZ ranking identifies the world's Top 100 most powerful market-facing brands as measured by their dollar value across all industries. It also ranks year-on-year growth of brands in 16 different product categories, including mobile service providers.

Mobile Service Providers Category Highlights:

  • The biggest influence on the growth of the market has been the advent of 3G technology, which enables video calling and game downloads.
  • Competition is often fierce, as mature markets approach saturation. This makes strong brands and customer relationships even more important.
  • The sector has continued to experience intense price pressure.

Mobile Brand Highlights:

  • China Mobile, ranked first in the mobile category and ranked fifth among all brands in the BrandZ Top 100, with more subscribers than any other mobile provider, benefited from the rapidly growing Chinese market. The brand's popularity allows it to charge a premium price over competitors.
  • Vodafone, second in the category, which has a large worldwide subscriber base, did very well in Germany, Spain and Australia. The brand's value increased significantly as a result of an acquisition, as well as strong growth in emerging markets like Egypt, India Turkey and South Africa.
  • Verizon Wireless, third, benefited from its focus on wireless data, wireless broadband, DSL, optic fibre, and its sponsorships in the fields of sports, music and multicultural marketing.
  • Movistar, eighth in the category, experienced high growth in Latin America.
  • MTS, ninth in the category and the first Russian brand to join the BrandZ Top 100, is currently the biggest mobile operator in Central and Eastern Europe.

MOBILE Service Providers - Category ranking by value, with main metrics:

# Brand Brand Value '08 ($m) Brand Contribution '08 Brand Momentum '08 Brand Value Change
1 China Mobile 57,225 3 10 39%
2 Vodafone 36,962 2 4.5 75%
3 Verizon Wireless 19,202 3 7.5 18%
4 NTT DoCoMo 15,048 2 5 11%
5 Orange 14,093 2 4 42%
6 AT&T 12,030 2 8 30%
7 T-Mobile 8,940 2 7 11%
8 Movistar 8,117 2 4.5 73%
9 MTS 8,077 3 10 N/A
10 TIM
(Telecom Italia Mobile)
7,903 2 3 -6%

The complete BrandZ Top 100 Most Powerful Brands report, with category and regional breakdowns, is available online at

About the BrandZ Ranking:

The BrandZ Top 100 is the only brand ranking to combine financials with solid measures of consumer sentiment derived from the BrandZ database, the world's largest repository of brand equity data. The BrandZ ranking was first published in April, 2006 by Millward Brown, a leading global marketing research firm. The ranking is implemented by Millward Brown Optimor, the brand strategy and marketing ROI unit of Millward Brown. Millward Brown is owned by WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world's largest communications services groups.



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BloostonLaw Private Users Update

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

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

   Vol. 9, No. 4 April 2008   

Comment Sought On Three Requests To Use Part 22 Frequencies For Public Safety Operations

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has requested comment on three separate requests to use Part 22 frequencies for public safety operations. First, the state of Wyoming proposes to use eleven Part 22 Paging and Radiotelephone Service channel pairs at multiple locations spread over Basic Economic Area (BEA) Nos. 141, 143, and 144 as part of WyoLink, a statewide narrowband digital trunked P-25 radio communications system. Second, Marin County, California, seeks waiver relief pursuant to use twelve point-to-multipoint UHF frequencies allocated for Part 22 public mobile service. Third, the city of Bayonne, New Jersey, seeks waiver relief pursuant to use a frequency interleaved between channels allocated for Part 22 point-to-multipoint operation and a frequency interleaved between channels allocated for Part 22 trunked mobile operation. Specifically, Bayonne seeks to modify its existing public safety radio communications system by adding frequencies 470.1500 and 473.1500 MHz.

Wyoming: Wyoming states that it expects WyoLink to be used by participating local, state, and federal agencies to support critical public safety activities serving Wyoming’s population of over 500,000 residents and its more than 11 million annual visitors and tourists. Although Wyoming estimates that the requested Part 22 channels represent less than two percent of its proposed system, it states that the subject channels are an essential component of its efforts to upgrade its aging and limited radio communications facilities. In support of its request, Wyoming claims (i) that suitable spectrum from the Public Safety pool is either unavailable or unsuitable to meet its requirements and (ii) that the channels should not cause harmful interference to other spectrum users.

Wyoming submits three engineering studies purporting to show that, in no case does the interference contour of a proposed channel overlap with the service contour of any incumbent, site-based co-channel licensee and that the interference contours of the proposed sites do not extend to adjacent Economic Areas awarded to geographic area based licensees. Wyoming also provides a statement from a frequency coordinator indicating that no other spectrum allocated to public safety services is immediately available to satisfy the requested public safety service use. The frequency coordinator asserts that Wyoming was not able to coordinate a sufficient number of Part 90 Public Safety channels needed to meet the spectrum needs of the proposed system, and that alternative spectrum outside of the Part 90 Public Safety pool is essential to fulfill the channel requirements of the proposed statewide system.

As a part of the analysis under Section 337 of the Communications Act, as well as the Commission’s waiver criteria, the FCC also seeks comment on whether the 700 MHz public safety band would provide a viable alternative, particularly in light of the approaching February 17, 2009, digital television transition date, and the Commission’s recent actions in facilitating a nationwide, interoperable public safety network.

Although initial comments in this DA 08-02 proceeding were due April 17, interested parties may file reply comments by April 24.

Marin County: Part 22 of the Commission’s rules allocates the requested frequencies for point-to-multipoint public mobile service in the San Francisco, California urbanized area. Because the requested frequencies are regulated as Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) under Part 20 and are not allocated for public safety operations, Marin County requests a waiver of Sections 20.9(a)(6) and 22.621.

Marin County asserts that the requested frequencies will be used to alleviate frequency congestion in the greater San Francisco area, to provide for interoperability with other public safety radio systems, and to support an existing integrated “Public Safety Law Enforcement and Fire Service” communications system in the 470-512 MHz band. Marin County adds that it has extensive urban, suburban, and rural areas, is vulnerable to widespread forest and residential fires, earthquake damage, and landslides, is responsible for assisting in wilderness and water rescues, and provides essential police services to populated and unpopulated areas. Marin County specifies that it will use two of the requested frequencies, 482.2375 and 485.2375 MHz, as a conventional mobile/mobile relay channel and that it will use the other ten frequencies as simplex frequencies for either low-power channels or “on-scene” or “tactical” channels.

Marin County contends that off-the-air monitoring and searches of the Commission’s ULS database show that no suitable public safety group frequencies are available in the 470-512 MHz band. Additionally, Marin County submits an engineering study indicating that, although unassigned public safety frequencies in the 30-50 MHz, 150-174 MHz, and 450-470 MHz bands exist, assignment of the unassigned frequencies would cause potential interference to existing adjacent channel stations. The APCO frequency coordinator for northern California submits that there are no “available channels in the existing channel allotments for Public Safety Services that . . . would not result in interference either to the County of Marin or to a co-channel or adjacent channel licensee.” The APCO frequency coordinator also states that “[b]ecause of the trunked configuration of [Marin County’s] present system it is impractical to add channels in other frequency bands.”

As a part of the analysis under Section 337 of the Act, as well as the Commission’s waiver criteria, the FCC also seeks comment on whether the 700 MHz public safety band would provide a viable alternative, particularly in light of the approaching February 17, 2009 digital television transition date, and the Commission’s recent actions in facilitating a nationwide, interoperable public safety network.

Interested parties may file comments on the Waiver Request by April 24, and replies by May 5. All comments and reply comments should reference DA 08- 803.

Bayonne: Bayonne is located in the New York-Northeastern New Jersey urbanized area. In 2004, Bayonne was originally authorized to operate this system as Station WQBL378, with an associated waiver granted pursuant to Section 337(c). This authorization allowed Bayonne to operate a public safety radio system on unassigned frequencies allocated for non-public safety use. Specifically, the frequencies were either allocated under Part 22, 47 C.F.R. Part 22, as paging control and trunked mobile channels, or interleaved between such channels.

Bayonne seeks a similar waiver, requesting to add nonpublic safety frequencies 470.1500 MHz and 473.1500 MHz to its existing public safety radio system. Bayonne states that the requested frequencies are compatible with the frequencies authorized for its radio system, and the frequencies would provide low power communications and surveillance capabilities. Bayonne’s application indicates that the effective radiated power of the two frequencies would be limited to four watts. Bayonne further avers that no public safety frequencies are available or suitable for its radio system, and that its proposed use of the two frequencies would not result in harmful interference to or from other licensees. The APCO New Jersey Frequency Advisor states that it has conducted “extensive searches in the VHF, UHF, T[-]Band and 800 MHz bands” and determined that “there are no available part 90 frequencies.”

As a part of the analysis under Section 337 of the Act, as well as the Commission’s waiver criteria, the FCC also seeks comment on whether the 700 MHz public safety band would provide a viable alternative, particularly in light of the approaching February 17, 2009, digital television transition date, and the Commission’s recent actions in facilitating a nationwide, interoperable public safety network.

Interested parties may file comments on the Waiver Request by April 24, and replies by May 5. All comments and reply comments should reference DA 08-804.

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

FCC Fines Florida Traffic Control For Unauthorized Use Of Radio Equipment

The FCC has issued a monetary forfeiture in the amount of $3,200 to Traffic Control Products of Florida for operation of radio transmission equipment inconsistent with the terms of its authorization. On October 23, 2007, in response to a complaint of interference from private land mobile station WPFS376, agents from the Commission’s Tampa Office of the Enforcement Bureau investigated and found the source of the interference to be a wireless transmitter operating on 467.8375 MHz, station WPFS376’s authorized frequency. The wireless transmitter was being used to control portable traffic signal lights positioned over both ends of a bridge that was being constructed in Englewood, Florida, about one mile away from station WPFS376. The agents spoke with the construction supervisor for the bridge who stated the wireless signal lights were set up about two months ago, the same time station WPFS376 started to receive the interference, and operated by Traffic Control to control the traffic on the bridge. An agent contacted a representative from Traffic Control to determine its call sign and get more information on its license. The representative from Traffic Control was warned that operation of the signal lights was causing harmful interference to a co-channel licensee.

On October 24, 2007, agents from the Tampa Office determined that the wireless station was limited to a 32 km radius. The representative from Traffic Control stated on October 24, 2007 that he had only just learned of the geographic limitation of its license. On October 26, 2007, an agent from the Tampa Office reminded a representative from Traffic Control that it was operating outside its licensed 32 km radius and was continuing to cause interference to a licensed user. The representative from Traffic Control stated the bridge transmitter would be “hard-wired” by the end of the week so the transmitter could be turned off. On November 2, 2007 the agent received a message from Traffic Control that it had installed a cable to “hardwire” the traffic signals and had turned the transmitter off. On November 5, 2007, a representative from station WPFS376 confirmed the interference stopped on November 2, 2007.

On March 10, 2008, the Tampa Office issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture to Traffic Control in the amount of four thousand dollars ($4,000), for the apparent willful and repeated violation of Section 90.403(a)(2) of the Rules. Traffic Control submitted a response to the NAL requesting a reduction or cancellation of the proposed forfeiture.

The FCC said that “although we appreciate Traffic Control’s efforts to promptly correct the violation, corrective action taken to come into compliance with the Rules is expected, and does not nullify or mitigate any prior forfeitures or violations.” The Commission added: “Traffic Control requests a reduction of the forfeiture because it has not experienced prior problems of this type during its many years as a government contractor. Based on Traffic Control’s history of compliance with the Rules, we reduce the forfeiture [from $4,000] to $3,200.”

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

FCC Extends Wave 4 Border Area Negotiation Periods

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) has extended the mandatory negotiation periods for border area NPSPAC (Stage 2) and non-NPSPAC (Stage 1) licensees in Wave 4 to July 1, 2008, and postponed the beginning of the mediation period for such licensees until July 2, 2008. As noted in prior public notices, rebanding of border area licensees in Wave 4 is affected by ongoing international discussions on U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico border issues. Extending the negotiation period for these licensees will alleviate administrative burdens on licensees, avoid unnecessary rebanding expenditures, and provide additional time for resolution of border issues and issuance of frequency designations by the Transition Administrator (TA), the FCC said.

During the extended negotiation period, Wave 4 border area licensees are not required to engage in planning or negotiation prior to the receipt of frequency designations from the TA, though the FCC encourages them to engage in such activities to the extent that they are not frequency-dependent and would not result in unnecessary duplication of costs. If licensees choose to engage in such planning and negotiation activities, Sprint Nextel shall pay licensees’ reasonable costs in accordance with the requirements of the Commission’s orders in this proceeding.

This extension extends the filing freeze on new applications in Wave 4 border areas until thirty working days after the July 1, 2008, date for completion of negotiations, i.e., until August 13, 2008. However, the freeze does not apply to modification applications that do not change an 800 MHz frequency or expand an 800 MHz station’s existing coverage area (e.g., administrative updates), assignments/transfers, or renewal-only applications. In addition, Wave 4 border area licensees may expand their facilities or add channels during the freeze, based on an appropriate showing of public interest need, using the Special Temporary Authorization (STA) procedures described in the Bureau’s December 2006 STA Guidance PN. Facilities that are authorized under the STA procedures will be subject to rebanding, and Sprint will pay the cost of relocating such facilities to their new channel assignments.

The extension of negotiations and the application freeze does not apply to Wave 4 licensees outside the border areas. Such licensees remain subject to the previously announced negotiation and mediation schedules for this wave.

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

FCC Grants More Time To Construct Paging License

The FCC has granted the Rochester, New York, Regional Transit Service’s (RTS’s) request for an extension of time to construct a geographic area-based Part 22 paging license. Specifically, RTS requested a waiver of the construction deadline until May 31, 2008, to complete construction of the Rochester license.

RTS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, a regional transit authority established in 1969 by the New York State legislature as one of four state-mandated transit authorities. RTS acquired the Rochester license (where the license is a channel pair) in June 2002 as the winning bidder in Auction No. 40. RTS plans to implement a radio system that allows its supervisors and management personnel to have access to dedicated communications channels in order to manage its transit bus fleet. RTS states that its system will better allow supervisors to dispatch extra buses and/or re-route buses, including during weather emergencies and mechanical breakdowns. RTS’s June 15, 2007, Waiver Request sought an extension until 45 days after it received Canadian clearance. RTS’s January 8, 2008, amendment stated that Canadian clearance had been obtained, but due to the severe winter conditions that occur in Rochester, NY, it needed an extension until May 31, 2008. The FCC said it believes that the public interest would be served by extending the construction deadline for the Rochester license until May 31, 2008.

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

FCC Cancels Proposed $4k Forfeiture For NSTN

The FCC has canceled a $4,000 monetary forfeiture issued to National Science Technology Network (NSTN) in Corona, California.

On December 13, 2006, in response to a complaint of co-channel interference, an agent from the Enforcement Bureau’s Los Angeles Office conducted an inspection of NSTN Trunked Radio Systems located on Pleasant Peak and Sierra Peak in Corona, California. The agent determined that Pleasant Peak was the primary Trunked Radio System site. On December 19, 2006, the Los Angeles agent attempted to conduct an inspection of the control point listed on the WPME695 authorization at 4091 Glencoe Avenue, Marina Del Ray, California. The agent found no control point at that address. NSTN advised the FCC that the original Marina Del Ray property had been sold and demolished five years earlier.

On June 19, 2007, the Los Angeles Office issued a NAL in the amount of $4,000 to NSTN. In the NAL, the Los Angeles Office found that NSTN apparently repeatedly violated Section 1.903(a) of the Rules by failing to operate WPME695 from a control point listed in a valid authorization granted by the Commission. NSTN filed a response to the NAL on June 21, 2007. In its Response, NSTN argues that the NAL should be canceled because NSTN did not operate from an incorrect control point as the station has no control points, and the address listed was merely an out-of-date contact address.

The FCC noted that NSTN failed to adequately respond to the Los Angeles Office’s LOI concerning the location of its control points by failing to inform the Los Angeles Office that it operated without control points. Nonetheless, given the information in the Response, which was not available to the Los Angeles Office at the time of the NAL, the FCC found that NSTN did not operate WPME695 in violation of Section 1.903(a) of the Rules. Consequently, it canceled the proposed forfeiture.

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

FCC Clarifies Information Needed To Demonstrate Non-Construction

In a Memorandum Opinion and Order, the FCC has denied a request by National Science and Technology Network, Inc. (NSTN) to review a previous Order denying NSTN’s informal petition to dismiss an application to assign two private land mobile licenses (KLH414 and KL3784) from National Ready Mix Concrete Co. (NRMC) to Mobile Relay Associates (MRA). NSTN had sought to demonstrate that NMRC had permanently discontinued the stations in question and therefore had nothing to assign.

First, NSTN asserted that NRMC had been NSTN’s customer, paying NSTN to operate on NSTN’s co-channel Station WPPZ334, Glendale, California. In opposition, MRA submitted documentation and sworn declarations from principals of NRMC and MRA attesting that the NRMC stations were in continuous operation, including the period when NRMC was a customer of NSTN, and that NRMC purchased service on NSTN’s station to supplement, rather than replace, its own operations. NSTN disputed that NRMC maintained its own operations and submitted a declaration from NSTN’s president asserting that NSTN “routinely monitored the channel” and never heard NRMC use its own call signs in its transmissions. However, the FCC concluded that NSTN had not demonstrated that the licenses for Stations KLH414 and KL3784 cancelled automatically due to permanent discontinuance of operation because it was plausible that NRMC purchased service on NSTN’s co-channel station to augment its own operations, and the monitoring mentioned by NSTN fell short of the detailed monitoring studies required by Commission precedent to substantiate permanent discontinuance of operations.

The FCC states that permanent discontinuance of station operations can be substantiated without submitting detailed monitoring studies. The FCC clarified there are circumstances where monitoring studies are unnecessary, such as an undisputed statement from the site owner/manager that the putative licensee no longer maintains a transmitter at the authorized site, or persuasive evidence that the licensee no longer exists, or an admission by the licensee that the facility ceased operating. Absent such evidence, however, the FCC stated that a claim of permanent discontinuance of operations that relies materially on the complainant’s contention that the licensee has not been heard on the authorized frequencies must, under Commission precedent be supported by continuous monitoring for the relevant “permanent discontinuance of operation” period.

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

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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. 16 April 23, 2008   

Complaint Over Customer Marketing Could Fuel NPRM

Enforcement Bureau Says Carrier Not Providing “Telecommunications Service” During Porting

In a Recommended Decision, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has determined that the Commission should deny in part a customer retention marketing complaint brought by Bright House Networks, Comcast, and Time Warner against Verizon. The complaint alleges that when competitive carriers (such as Bright House, et al.) succeed in capturing customers from Verizon and request local number portability (LNP) for those customers, Verizon gathers proprietary information during the porting process and uses it in an attempt to retain its customers in violation of Sections 222 and 201of the Communications Act. The Bureau also recommends launching a rulemaking to probe customer retention marketing more broadly.

According to the Bureau, Section 222(b) provides that “[a] telecommunications carrier that receives or obtains proprietary information from another carrier for purposes of providing any telecommunications service shall use such information only for such purpose, and shall not use such information for its own marketing efforts.” Section 222(b) thus prohibits a telecommunications carrier from using for its own marketing efforts any proprietary information that it receives from another carrier “for purposes of providing any telecommunications service….”

However, the Bureau said that complainants have failed to make such a showing, because Verizon’s role in the number porting process does not constitute the provision of a “telecommunications service” within the meaning of the Communications Act. Under section 153(46) of the Act, the term “telecommunications service” means “the offering of telecommunications for a fee directly to the public, or to such classes of users as to be effectively available directly to the public, regardless of the facilities used.” The term “telecommunications” is defined in section 153(43) as “the transmission, between or among points specified by the user, of information of the user's choosing, without change in the form or content of the information as sent and received.”

Applying those statutory definitions, the Bureau recommended concluding that Verizon’s role in the numbering porting process does not involve the provision of a “telecommunications service,” for two distinct reasons. First, number porting does not involve transmission of a customer’s information; rather, it entails carrier-to-carrier arrangements, coordinated with the Number Portability Administration Center (NPAC), to ensure that future calls are properly routed to the customer’s chosen carrier. In other words, although number portability requires carrier-to-carrier coordination, it does not involve the provision of a carrier-to-carrier “telecommunications service,” the Bureau said. By contrast, Verizon plainly provides telecommunications service to another carrier when, for example, it provides another carrier with unbundled network elements (UNEs), switched access service, or resale service, the Bureau said. Second, Verizon does not charge a fee for its role in porting numbers, the Bureau added.

Competitive Carriers: The Bureau also determined that Bright House and Comcast have failed to show by a preponderance of the evidence that, with respect to the telecommunications provided to Bright House and Comcast, their affiliated Competitive Carriers publicly hold themselves out as offering those telecommunications indiscriminately to any and all potential customers. “The record contains no evidence that the Competitive Carriers affiliated with Bright House and Comcast have ever provided the telecommunications at issue to any entity other than Bright House and Comcast, respectively,” the Bureau said. “The record also lacks any evidence that the Competitive Carriers affiliated with Bright House and Comcast have ever offered the telecommunications at issue in any public written or oral communication, such as a tariff, an advertisement, a brochure, a hand-out, a press release, an industry trade-show presentation, or a website posting. This absence of any public written or oral offering, coupled with the absence of any nonaffiliated customers, is dispositive.”

Bright House and Comcast rely heavily on the facts that their affiliated Competitive Carriers have obtained state certificates and interconnection agreements, arguing that those documents constitute public declarations of their willingness to provide telecommunications indiscriminately to all potential customers, the Bureau said. “Their arguments overlook the black-letter proposition that an entity may be a common carrier (i.e., an entity that provides ‘telecommunications service’) with respect to some forms of telecommunications and not others. The Competitive Carriers’ state certificates and interconnection agreements may suggest that the Competitive Carriers publicly offer some forms of telecommunications, but there is no evidence in the record that those documents constitute a public offering of the particular telecommunications provided by the Competitive Carriers to Bright House and Comcast.”

The Bureau noted that Bright House and Comcast also rely heavily on declarations filed in this proceeding of corporate officers asserting that their Competitive Carriers will serve all similarly situated customers indiscriminately. However, the Bureau said that this post-hoc attempt to “self-certify” their common carrier status, though not inconsequential, falls short. “Objective evidence regarding the substance of the Competitive Carrier’s conduct trumps these belated characterizations of the Competitive Carriers’ alleged subjective intent,” the Bureau said.

Thus, the Bureau recommended that the Commission conclude that the record fails to demonstrate that, with respect to the telecommunications provided to Bright House and Comcast, the Competitive Carriers affiliated with Bright House and Comcast provide “telecommunications service” under the Act. Accordingly, even if section 222(b) referred to the submitting carrier’s provision of telecommunications service, section 222(b)’s marketing ban would not apply to Verizon’s receipt of information from Comcast’s and Bright House’s affiliated Competitive Carriers, the Bureau said.

NPRM: Further, the Bureau recommended that the Commission launch a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to seek comment on whether the Commission should adopt specific rules addressing customer retention marketing practices more broadly, and, if so, what form those rules should take. Whatever form they take, the Bureau recommended that they be consistent across various service platforms. Noting that the Commission has acted in several areas to create parity across different platforms, the Bureau suggested that the current market for bundled, facilities-based service requires consistency.

The Bureau noted that the Act provides ample authority to impose rules on providers of all types of services under the Commission’s jurisdiction. The Commission has authority under section 201(b) and other sections in Title II of the Act to prohibit unjust or unreasonable practices by common carriers. The Commission also has authority under section 628(b) to prohibit certain unfair methods of competition by cable operators. In addition, the Supreme Court, in National Cable & Telecommunications Association v. Brand X Internet Services, has affirmed the Commission’s authority to impose regulations on providers of information services, such as broadband Internet access services. The Bureau recommended that the Commission seek comment on the strongest source of authority to use to promulgate any rules in this area.

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


SMASH ACT WOULD PLACE TEXT MESSAGES UNDER “DO NOT CALL RULES”: Introduced by Rep. Phil Gingery (R-Ga.) and 31 co-sponsors, H.R. 5769, the Stop M-Spam Abuse as a Sales industry Habit Act or SMASH Act would direct the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to explicitly prohibit the sending of a text message containing unsolicited advertisement to a cellular telephone number listed on the national “do not call” registry. CTIA-The Wireless Association said it is reviewing the legislation and, therefore, has not taken a position at this time.

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

DEFAZIO BILL WOULD CLARIFY THAT CELL PHONES ARE BANNED ON PLANES: Rep. Peter De Fazio (D-Ore.) and 10 co-sponsors have introduced H.R. 5788, the Halting Airplane Noise to Give Us Peace Act of 2008. (Some press reports refer to this bill as the Hang Up Act, but that title is not used in the text of the legislation.) Introduced April 15, the bill would prohibit any individual (except flight crew) from engaging in voice communications, using a mobile communications device in an aircraft during a flight in scheduled passenger interstate or intrastate air transportation. All domestic and foreign air carriers would be required to adopt this requirement. However, if a foreign government objects, a waiver would be granted until such time as an agreement could be worked out via bilateral negotiations.

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

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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Antenna Expert L. B. Cebik, W4RNL (SK)

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In 2000, L.B. Cebik, W4RNL (right), visited ARRL Headquarters to discuss the then-new ARRL Certification Program with League Executive Vice President David Sumner, K1ZZ, and other HQ staff members. [Rick Lindquist, N1RL, Photo]

L. B. Cebik, W4RNL, ARRL Technical Adviser and antenna authority, passed away last week. He was 68. An ARRL Life Member, Cebik was known to many hams for the numerous articles he wrote on antennas and antenna modeling. He had articles published in most of the US ham journals, including QST, QEX, NCJ, CQ, Communications Quarterly, Ham Radio, 73, QRP Quarterly, Radio-Electronics and QRPp. Larry Wolfgang, WR1B, QEX Editor, called Cebik "probably the most widely published and often read author of Amateur Radio antenna articles ever to write on the subject."

Cebik lived in Knoxville, Tennessee and wrote more than a dozen books on antennas for both the beginner and the advanced student. Among his books are a basic tutorial in the use of NEC antenna modeling software and compilations of his many shorter pieces. A teacher for more than 30 years, Cebik was retired, but served as Professor Emeritus of philosophy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

One of Cebik's last articles for QST, "A New Spin on the Big Wheel," appeared in the March 2008 issue. The article, co-written with Bob Cerreto, WA1FXT, looked at a three dipole array for 2 meters. This was a follow-up to their article in the January/February issue of QEX that featured omnidirectional horizontally polarized antennas. Cebik authored the "Antenna Options" for QEX.

Former ARRL Senior Assistant Technical Editor Dean Straw, N6BV, and editor of The ARRL Antenna Book, said, "LB will be greatly missed by the thousands of hams he's helped through his incredibly prolific — and invariably proficient — writing about antennas. LB helped me personally in numerous ways while I worked on antenna matters at the League, always communicating with a gentle, scholarly attitude and a real eye for detail. I'm in shock at the news of LB's passing. May his soul rest in peace."

Licensed since 1954, Cebik served as Technical Editor for antenneX Magazine. According to Jack L. Stone, publisher of antenneX, he had not heard from Cebik for a few days and became worried: "I called the Sheriff in Knoxville to go check on him since I hadn't heard from him in over 5 days, either e-mail or phone, which is highly unusual. The Sheriff [went to Cebik's house to check on him and] called back to tell me the sad, devastating news. As his publisher of books, monthly columns, feature articles and software/models for more than 10 years, we communicated almost daily during that span of time. Not hearing from him for that long was unusual, causing my concern. He was like family to me and was loved and respected by so many."

Cebik maintained a Web site,, a virtual treasure trove to anyone interested in antennas. Besides a few notes on the history of radio work and other bits that Cebik called "semi-technical oddities," the collection contains information of interest to radio amateurs and professionals interested in antennas, antenna modeling and related subjects, such as antenna tuners and impedance matching. Cebik said that his notes were "geared to helping other radio amateurs and antenna enthusiasts discover what I have managed to uncover over the years — and then to go well beyond."

His Web site also contains information on antenna modeling. His book, Basic Antenna Modeling: A Hands-On Tutorial for Nittany-Scientific's NEC-Win Plus NEC-2 antenna modeling software, contains models in .NEC format for over 150 exercises. "Since the principles in the book apply to any modeling software," Cebik said, "I have also created the same exercise models in the EZNEC format. For more advanced modelers using either NEC-2 or NEC-4, I have prepared an additional volume, Intermediate Antenna Modeling: A Hands-On Tutorial, based on Nittany-Scientific's NEC-Win Pro and GNEC. The volume includes hundreds of antenna models used in the text to demonstrate virtually the complete command set (along with similarities and differences) used by both cores."

ARRL Contributing Editor H. Ward Silver, N0AX, said, "LB typified generosity. He was always developing material that was published widely. Furthermore, the quality of the articles and concepts was always high, but the writing was such that an audience with a wide range of technical backgrounds could understand it. His Web site is a Solomon's Treasure of solid antenna information — available to all."

Wolfgang remembered Cebik, saying, "L. B. was an ARRL Technical Advisor, with expertise in antenna modeling and design. I learned that I could count on L. B. to offer clear, concise comments on any submitted article dealing with antennas. He was always a friendly voice on the other end of my phone line when I needed to talk to an expert, and I came to expect a quick e-mailed response to any antenna questions that I sent him. L. B. was so much more than an antenna author, though. He was one of the first ARRL Educational Advisors I ever had the pleasure of working with when I became editor of the ARRL study materials. He played a key role in helping develop the concept of online courses when ARRL began to study the idea of the Continuing Education program; his Antenna Modeling course has been one of the most popular offerings in the program. L. B. leaves a legacy of friendly advice and Amateur Radio wisdom. I will miss him as a friend and as an advisor."

Source: ARRL

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From: Stephen Oshinsky
Date: April 21, 2008 2:10:25 PM CDT
To: Paging Technical Committee

Subject: Face-to-face Meeting

Unication has graciously volunteered to host our next Face-to-Face PTC meeting in Dallas on Thursday, May 8th. We will start at 9 AM in the morning and go to about 2 or 3 PM that afternoon. I will send out the name of the hotel where the meeting will be held later this week. Please make plans to attend. Please let me know ASAP if you plan to attend this meeting so we can make sure we can accommodate everyone.

If anyone has any topic they would like added to the agenda, please notify me as soon as possible.

And just so we get the word out as far in advance as possible, the Fall Face-to-Face PTC meeting will be held in conjunction with the AAPC/EWA show November 5-7 in Scottsdale, AZ.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.


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Date: April 22, 2008 3:50:02 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye
Subject: Another Paging Customer Lost

Hi Brad,

I am sad to report that the march of technology and the necessity of cutting costs by a paging vendor has led me to turn off my pager and return it to USA Mobility. I have had the same pager number for twenty years, through various vendors leading up to the merger of Arch and USA Mobility. The need for the service remains; however, the coverage to make the paging service useful is gone.

A very brief history: The vendor turned off their great local area high VHF (I think it was on 152.28) network a few years ago, leaving me with UHF coverage. That was fine for the most part. Now they are turning off their UHF system, sending me a 929 MHz pager. It just doesn't have enough coverage, working only about 10% of the time at my office, and never in my home. It's pure physics, the 929 MHz signal can't do the same as the 454.075 MHz signal.

So I am putting the pager in the mail to them. Folks with business cards that have that number are out of luck. I'm sure they will find me if they need to, I still have a landline phone that is in the phone book.

It is a shame that there is not number portability with pager numbers like there is with cell phone numbers. A fine local company, MTCO, offers local VHF coverage that works well; however, it requires a number change.

RIP, 309-497-9761

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Subject: from the newsletter
Date: April 18, 2008 1:48:40 PM CDT


I read the article, “Hurricane-Proofed” Schools Blocking Emergency Communications, Police Chief Warns" with interest, why don’t they do what the city of Boston does, Boston requires that anyone building a building or parking structure install BDA (Bi-Directional Amplifier) equipment. It is a simple and low-cost approach. The added benefit is that these systems can be tailored to include frequencies of 1-way and 2-way paging systems which improves emergency contact systems that you and others are proposing.

Ronald Wojtylko
National Senior Field Support Analyst
Velocita Wireless (and soon to be SkyTel)

Editor: Good idea.

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Being a senior gives me the right to reminisce about how things used to be and to gripe about how things are now. I worked for Motorola twice over a 21-year period. I was taught—from the beginning—some basic principles that had made the company successful, and like most managers I carried a card in my billfold with the following printed on it—so I wouldn't forget:

(Everyone's Overriding Responsibility)

Total Customer Satisfaction

KEY BELIEFS - how we will always act

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  • Uncompromising Integrity

KEY GOALS - what we must accomplish

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    - Marketing
    - Technology
    - Product
    - Manufacturing
    - Service
  • Superior Financial Results

KEY INITIATIVE - how we will do it

  • Six Sigma Quality
  • Total Cycle Time Reduction
  • Product and Manufacturing Leadership
  • Profit Improvement
  • Participative Management Within, and Cooperation Between Organizations

Recent surveys show Motorola to be near last in customer satisfaction. Do you suppose there is any correlation between customer satisfaction and the loss of $194 million dollars in the first quarter this year?

I do.

I wonder if these new, over-paid outsiders that they are bringing in to run the company have one of those customer satisfaction cards in their wallet? I am sure Paul Galvin is turning over in his grave.

Although this "Total Customer Satisfaction" policy was formalized long after Motorola's founder Paul Galvin passed away, it incorporated many of his personal ethics about how to treat customers and employees.

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