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FRIDAY - JANUARY 25, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 295

Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Most of the news that mentioned SkyTel this week was about Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's messages to and from his chief of staff, Christine Beatty. Evidently he swore, in court and under oath, that he was not fooling around with her, but copies of his SkyTel text messages proved otherwise. Not a good thing for a mayor of a large city who is also a lawyer to get caught doing — perjury.

News about the rumored buyout of SkyTel was nonexistent this week. Remember the purpose of this newsletter is to inform not to do any damage to the companies involved. I do know that my articles prompted one or two additional parties to at least attempt to make "alternative" offers. You would think that executives would return phone calls about something as important as buying and selling a wireless messaging company — and I don't mean phone calls from me.

Don't miss the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section this week. I had expressed concern about the closing of the GTES office in Vancouver. I received a nice letter from John deBoer clarifying the situation. It turns out that John is now General Manager of GTES - (Global Technical Engineering Solutions), and they are relocating GTES support operations to Plano, Texas. John is a nice guy and a respected engineer. I am sure he (and his staff) will do well in this new role. Congratulations John! We can breathe a sigh of relief, now that we know support for Glenayre terminals will continue to be available.

There is a letter from Nancy Andersen, of Teletouch Paging, about the unfortunate passing of Christie Poe. I meant to include it last week but misplaced it . . . sorry.

Here is some more on the IWCE show in 'Vegas and Ron Mercer's presentation:

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How secure are your text messages?

January 24, 2008
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The scandal over the thousands of text messages between Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and chief of staff Christine Beatty has a lot of people wondering just how private their own messages are.

For most people, the answer is ...don't worry.

Just as cell phone calls are not recorded, neither are text messages.

Regular text messages sent through regular cell phones are not kept in any central repository. When you zap them from your phone they are, in almost all instances, forever zapped. There is no federal law requiring that they be stored or kept by the cell phone provider.

Text messaging is what the wireless companies call SMS for Short Message Service. It has become almost as popular as cell phone voice communications, with as many as 20 billion text messages being sent each month in the United States alone. Typically, text messages are 140 characters or less, sent via the data networks of the wireless providers from one device to another.

In the mayor's case, the reason his messages have been exposed is because of the specialized service the city has contracted with to handle wireless communications between city officials. Although the scandal is already being dubbed BlackBerry gate by wags, the gizmo the mayor and Beatty used to communicate wasn't a BlackBerry at all.

It was a SkyWriter, and although it looks a lot like a BlackBerry, it's a dedicated messaging device provided to the city by SkyTel, a Mississippi-based wireless company that specializes in providing paging and messaging services to large corporations and governmental bodies through its own wireless network and devices.

"Every message sent over the SkyTel network ... is recorded, including: Date and time the message was sent... 'From' address... 'To' address... Length of the message ..Entire message content up to 2,000 characters ," notes the company on its Web site in an article about the "benefits of message archiving."

For major corporations and governments, the automatic archiving of such messages is important, where legal requirements mandate the storage of all business- or government-related communications. But tell the mayor that's a benefit today.

The irony of the scandal is that if the mayor had used a regular cellphone and text messaging service from Verizon, AT&T or Sprint, there would be no record as those messages are simply passed through to the connected devices by the wireless companies and not stored on any master server anywhere.

"We do keep them for about two weeks," says Mark Elliott, a spokesman for Sprint.

"But that's just to make sure they get sent if the customer's phone is turned off or out of the network. After that, even if not retrieved, they're gone. We don't store them. We have no record of them. That's standard practice in the industry."

A spokesman for AT&T, Howard Riefs, said the company keeps next messages for no more than 72 hours. After that, he said, "the text message is removed from our system and cannot be accessed or retrieved."

Verizon Wireless issued a statement this afternoon saying it only keeps text messages "a very short time" before erasing them.

But the mayor used SkyTel, a system that stores the messages.

And by using the city-paid private messaging services from SkyTel for his very personal communications, the mayor left a trail that the Free Press uncovered. When you use a city-owned device on a taxpayer-paid communications system to plot your dalliances, there is no such thing as privacy.

All this, of course, raises questions for all of us about the privacy of text messages. And it focuses interest on an issue many parents have raised, namely, how can they monitor the text messages being sent and received by their children.

In general, text messages are pretty private. Once they're deleted on the phone, they're gone. If the messages are saved on a memory card on the phone, they can be recovered, even after being deleted, though the recovery is expensive and requires specialized firms.

There is company called Radar, that, for $9.95 a month, sells a service that parents can subscribe to that passes messages and e-mail sent or received by their child's cell phone through a Web site that parents can check. Parents set up approved lists of people their children can communicate with and be notified if non-approved people try to contact them.

They can even retrieve full text messages. The system works by downloading special software into the cellphone. A spokesman for the company said the system works with most of the cell phone models now on the market.

While text messages are not kept by the wireless companies for long, those who send e-mail via their mobile phones shouldn't think cell phone e-mail is similarly e-vaporized. That's because e-mail sent by phone is processed the same way as computer e-mail, through servers which store and archive the messages in electronic databases.

While e-mail may be deleted from a computer or cell phone memory, it can usually be retrieved from the central server and... if required by subpoena... turned over as legal evidence in court cases.

All this concern over privacy and messaging just underscores something most of us heard from our mom: Don't say (or write) anything you don't want other people to find out.



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Southwest, American test inflight Wi-Fi

by Matt Hamblen - Jan 23, 2008 6:04 pm

Mile-high Wi-Fi is taking off.

Southwest Airlines and American Airlines separately announced this week that their planes will be tested for in-flight passenger Wi-Fi data access using different access technologies.

Southwest announced Wednesday that it will test satellite-delivered broadband Internet access on four aircraft this summer, the airline said in a statement.

Southwest passengers with Wi-Fi-enabled devices would have Internet access for e-mail and Web browsing after the tests and subject to approval by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The technology to be used aboard Southwest planes is from Row 44 in Westlake Village, Calif. In addition to data, it will support cell phone and voice-over-IP calls.

But “Southwest has not embraced voice calling” because of passengers’ concerns about cell phone calls made during flights, spokeswoman Brandy King said in an interview. “Voice is not a direction we’re taking.”

On Tuesday, American Airlines said it had finished the first aircraft installation of an Internet broadband connection aboard a Boeing 767-200 aircraft and will install and test the technology on all 15 such aircraft throughout the year. The 767-200s are used primarily for transcontinental flights.

Both airlines need certifications from the FAA before launching an actual service. American is using technology from Aircell in Itasca, Ill.

Passengers on American aircraft will get full data service, but will not receive cell or VoIP service.

Aircell provides an air-to-ground system that uses three lightweight antennas installed on the outside of the aircraft, one GPS antenna mounted on top of the plane and the other two on the bottom. Wireless access points are distributed throughout the aircraft interior’s ceiling. Each American aircraft will be connected to a network of 92 cell towers in the continental U.S. using a 3Mhz signal, the airline said.

The satellite-delivered system for Southwest’s planes from Row 44 involves installation of an antenna atop each plane’s fuselage that communicates with satellite networks, according to the company’s Web site.

Aircell announced plans in September to equip Virgin America planes with Wi-Fi access this year. JetBlue Airways, Deutsche Lufthansa and Qantas Airways have also announced in-flight Wi-Fi in various forms.

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Research In Motion announced a series of updates to its Blackberry platform including enhanced messaging and collaboration tools as well as improved security and expanded application development support.

"RIM continues to expand the capabilities of the multifaceted BlackBerry platform to allow an increasingly rich and productive mobile experience for our customers," said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO at RIM, in a statement. Lazaridis also said the new enhancements will make BlackBerry smartphones "more powerful than ever and even easier to manage."

Updates include: upgrades to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry device software that promise to enhance e-mail management, including remote search capabilities, and collaboration tools; the ability for users to download and edit documents on the device; advanced enterprise instant messaging and presence capabilities; over-the-air software upgrades; expanded compatibility including certification with Microsoft Exchange 2007 SP1 and IBM Lotus Domino versions 7.03 and 8.0.

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The enhancement plays directly into the company's efforts to increase the value of broadband by adding more ways for consumers to stay connected to their worlds. The move also reflects the growing popularity of wireless- enabled devices — from the iPhone to PDAs — as reports claim that more than one-third of Internet users have logged on using a wireless connection from home, at work or someplace else — showing an increase in on-the-go connections(1).

"Consumers today expect and demand a premier broadband experience -- including a consistent, reliable connection no matter where they are," said Rick Welday, chief marketing officer, AT&T Consumer. "And that's exactly what we're focused on. Our priority is to keep our customers connected. Period. Extending our Wi-Fi network supports this effort — and doing so for free combines even greater value with greater connectivity."

The free Wi-Fi offer will be available to new and existing customers who subscribe to any of AT&T's broadband services with downstream speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps, 3.0 Mbps, or 6.0 Mbps. Free Wi-Fi access was initially provided to the company's higher-speed broadband customers last year.

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"AT&T's legacy is one that has led the way in giving our customers more features and better value — a legacy we intend to keep," said Welday. "This year, we plan to stand by this commitment by leveraging, and investing, in our network capabilities to bring new enhancements to our broadband service."

Broadband customers will soon benefit from the free Wi-Fi offer, with qualified broadband plans, upon signing up for AT&T broadband service at a company retail store, online at or through an AT&T call center. Wi-Fi connectivity will be activated once customers receive their new broadband service and complete both the setup and the registration process as a new customer. A comprehensive list of AT&T Wi-Fi locations can be found at

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Short codes, text messages under scrutiny

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THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION launched a rulemaking to determine whether mobile text messages and short codes are covered by non-discrimination provisions of the telecom act.

Public-interest and consumer groups asked the FCC in December to rule that the law forbids wireless providers from blocking the assignment of short codes used by organizations for text messaging to constituents.

“We are grateful to (FCC) Chairman (Kevin) Martin and his colleagues for starting the public debate on what rights consumers will have in an increasingly complex technological future. These inquiries will go a long way to setting out a road map for determining who will control the Internet, and whether texting will be seen in the same light as wireless voice services,” said Gigi Sohn, president of Public Knowledge. “We look forward to participating in these dockets, and we anticipate that at the end of the day, consumers will have more control over their Internet and wireless experiences than they do now.” The FCC also is investigating other alleged blocking practices of telecom carriers in separate rulemakings.

Setting the record straight

The mobile-phone industry said the FCC action offered an opportunity to set the record straight.

“We look forward to clearing up the apparent confusion between text messages and common short codes that has been put forward by a number of groups. First and foremost, the wireless industry does not block text messages of any type,” said Steve Largent, president of cellular industry association CTIA. “As far as common short codes are concerned, our comments will provide details on wireless industry practices, including several voluntary consumer-protection measures that are already in place. We are confident that after all of the facts are on the table, policymakers will conclude that government regulation of this competitive and evolving service will be bad for consumers.”

Aligned with Public Knowledge in the effort to have text messages and short code messages subjected to telecom non-discriminatory regulations are Free Press, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, EDUCAUSE, Media Access Project, New America Foundation and U.S. PIRG.

“Free speech should be protected everywhere — whether it’s text messages, phone calls, e-mails or the Internet,” said Ben Scott, policy director of Free Press, which coordinates the Coalition. “The FCC has started to respond to a growing public outcry, but they shouldn't drag their feet. Companies like Comcast and Verizon have showed repeatedly that they can’t be trusted. Without quick and decisive action, they'll keep blocking, manipulating and interfering.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America last year bumped heads with Verizon Wireless after the No. 2 cellular carrier initially rejected its application for a short code it wanted to use to transmit wireless alerts to supporters. After the controversy gained national media attention, Verizon Wireless promptly reversed course and gave the abortion-rights organization access to its network.

Rebtel, a Voice over Internet Protocol firm that offers low-cost international calling on mobile phones, has complained about being turned down by Verizon Wireless, Alltel Corp. and T-Mobile USA Inc. in requests to secure short code-enabled text message rights. Only Verizon Wireless has offered a public explanation of its texting policy, stating it is standard practice to withhold short codes from companies with whom it competes.

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While public-interest groups applauded Martin’s response to blocking complaints, they may not be pleased that the FCC chief’s strategic approach to the controversy is geared to show that net neutrality legislation they seek — and that the cellular industry opposes — is unnecessary.

“I think these [blocking investigations] are very consistent with what the commission has talked about in the past in terms of our network neutrality rules and principles,” Martin in a press briefing. “In our network neutrality principles, we said that consumers should be able continue to have unfettered access, they shouldn't be blocked by underlying network operators. And I've testified up on Congress that there's no need for net neutrality legislation because I believe the commission has the authority today to enforce those principles. As a result, I think it’s important that what we’re talking about doing by opening these investigations are actually consistent with everything that I’ve said about net neutrality in the past and about the fact the there’s no need for net neutrality legislation because the commission has the enforcement tools that are available now.”

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PDT2000 Paging Data Terminal

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  • Alarm interfaces, satellite linking, IP transmitters, on-site systems

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  • Automatic vehicle location (AVL), GPS
  • CDMA, GPRS, ReFLEX, conventional, and trunked radio interfaces
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Link Transmitters:
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2 Glenayre QT4201, 25W Midband Link TX
1 Glenayre Hot Standby Panels
3 Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
2 Motorola 30W, Midband Link TX (C42JZB6106AC)
VHF Paging Transmitters
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6 Motorola Nucleus 350W, NAC
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2 Motorola Nucleus, 300W, C-Net
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The Paging Industry expects quality, reliable, and high performance paging products.

We at Unication have listened and delivered.


M90™ Messenger™—Our newest ReFLEX 2-Way Advanced Messaging solution. Finally the Industry has a true replacement for the Motorola T900 but with more features and improved RF performance.

  • One-Way Pagers
    • Alpha Elite and Alpha Gold—Our top of the line FLEX™ / POCSAG, 4-line alphanumeric pagers with an identical user interface and comparable RF performance to the Motorola Elite and Gold pagers.
    • NP88—Our newest numeric FLEX / POCSAG pager with the best backlight in the Industry.
  • Telemetry
    • We offer RF and decoding solutions.
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About Unication Co., Ltd.

  • A Taiwan company founded in 1992 with extensive experience designing and manufacturing paging and broadband products.
  • An ODM to major telecommunications companies.
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  • ISO 9001 and 14001 Certified
  • Fully licensed by Motorola for product design technology and the FLEX Family of Protocols.
  • Sales and Engineering support office in Arlington, Texas.
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  1901 E. Lamar Blvd.
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Hark Technologies

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Wireless Communication Solutions

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ISI-LX Internet Serial Interface with Protocol Conversion

  • Converts Serial TAP message to SNPP, SMTP, or WCTP
  • Pass through Serial Data to TCP/IP and TCP/IP back to Serial
  • Supports Ethernet or PPP Connection to Internet w/Dial Backup
  • Includes 4 Serial Ports for Multiplexing Traffic
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IPG Internet Paging Gateway

  • No Moving Parts Such as Hard Drives or Fans to Fail
  • Supports 10Base-T Network Connection to Internet
  • Accepts HTTP, SMTP, SNPP, and WCTP from Internet
  • Sends TAP or TNPP to Your Paging Terminal


  • Inexpensive method of automating your paging monitoring
  • Uses standard paging receiver
  • Available in 152-158 POCSAG or 929 FLEX (call for others)
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Omega Unified Messaging Server

  • Full Featured Internet Messaging Gateway
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Please see our web site for even more products designed specifically for Personal Messaging carriers. For example, the Omega Messaging Gateway and Email Throttling Gateway (anti-spam).
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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. 3 January 23, 2008   

FCC Announces Phase II Tests For TV White Spaces

The Commission’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has announced that it will begin a second phase of laboratory bench testing on the performance of prototype television “white space” devices on January 24. The second phase of testing (Phase II) will be conducted openly and transparently. This testing is part of the ET Docket No. 04-186 proceeding to consider authorizing the operation of new, low power devices in the television (TV) broadcast spectrum at locations where channels are not being used for authorized services. This spectrum is often referred to as the “TV white spaces.” OET is conducting a test program on TV white space prototype devices to provide additional information for the record, which will be considered in assessing the interference potential of such devices and establishing appropriate requirements. Initial tests (Phase I) of early prototypes were completed in July 2007. On October 5, 2007, OET issued a public notice inviting submittal of additional prototype devices for further tests (Phase II). The Public Notice stated that further details on the testing would be released at a later time.

Several prototype devices were recently submitted for Phase II testing, including four devices submitted by Adaptrum, Microsoft, Motorola and Philips, respectively. The devices are not finished consumer products. They are designed to demonstrate the feasibility of various concepts for sharing the TV broadcast spectrum without causing harmful interference. The Commission may ultimately establish requirements that the current prototype devices do not meet. However, all products would need to be certified as complying with the final rules before they may be marketed to consumers.

To help ensure the testing process is open and transparent, OET has developed a Phase II test plan, which can be found on the FCC OET website at The Commission said that comments and suggestions offered within the public record regarding both the previous and current testing were considered and included in the test plan where appropriate and practicable. Pursuant to this plan, Phase II testing will include both laboratory (bench) tests and field tests. The laboratory tests will measure the performance capabilities of the prototype devices under controlled conditions. The field tests will be conducted at a variety of locations to provide information on the performance of the devices under real world conditions. The test report is expected to be completed within approximately four to six weeks of completion of the tests. OET staff will adapt the test plan as appropriate based on the specific capabilities of each device and circumstances that may arise as the tests progress.

Bench testing at the FCC laboratory will commence on January 24, 2008, at 10 AM and is expected to continue for approximately four to six weeks. Field testing will immediately follow the bench testing and is expected to conclude at the end of an additional period of approximately four to six weeks. Any updates or changes to the testing schedule for the prototype white space devices will be publicly disseminated and available on OET’s website.

The testing will be open to observation by any interested parties. Parties interested in observing the testing should contact Patricia Goff at (301) 362-3001 or by e-mail at, if they have not already done so.

At the conclusion of this test program, OET will prepare a report that sets forth the results of its Phase II tests of prototype personal/portable white space devices. This report will be inserted into the record, and an opportunity will be provided for interested parties to comment.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky and John Prendergast.


HOUSE PANEL SCHEDULES HEARING ON DTV TRANSITION: The House Energy and Commerce Committee has announced a Telecommunications and the Internet Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, February 13, on the status of the digital television (DTV) transition. The hearing will assess the nation’s preparedness to make the switch from analog to digital television on February 17, 2009. “As the one-year countdown to the DTV transition approaches, it’s time to make sure every American household will be able to take advantage of the great benefits this transition promises,” said Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.), Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. “Right now, I am not confident that government agencies, retailers, broadcasters and all other stakeholders are taking all the steps necessary to ensure consumers are adequately informed and ready for this transition. The Committee will continue its oversight of the DTV transition process until the big day arrives and afterwards, if needed, to ensure consumers are not left behind.” A particular focus will be placed on consumer access to converter boxes that will allow digital signals to be displayed on analog televisions. Hearing witnesses will be announced at a future date. To date, the Committee on Energy and Commerce has held three hearings on the status of the DTV transition during the 110th Congress. Any action taken to modify the DTV transition could have an impact on our clients holding 700 MHz licenses, since their build out deadline is geared to the DTV transition date. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

CALIFORNIA STUDY SEES DEBT AS WAY OF PUS HING BROADBAND: The California Broadband Initiative, a state task force, to study broadband, said the state should consider issuing debt to augment private investment in enhancing and expanding high-speed communications services, according to Reuters. The study said that better, faster and more available broadband capabilities would propel economic growth for the most populous U.S. state, where 96 percent of households already have access to basic high-speed communications. The task force did not specify how much debt California should issue, or in what kind, to help finance future broadband infrastructure, noting public debt is just one form of funding that should be considered. "It's a way to get different pots of money available," Anne Neville, manager of the California Broadband Initiative in the state's business, transportation and housing agency, told Reuters in a telephone interview. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger commissioned the report, which recommends California issue infrastructure bonds and use proceeds "in partnership" with investment from the private sector to finance components of high-speed capable networks in unserved and underserved markets. "Supporting broadband infrastructure using funds made available through a bond issuance makes sense," the task force's report said. "The infrastructure will remain useful for decades, often past the repayment of the bond. "Broadband is a capital improvement, and the technology has a long, useful life and, therefore, it is appropriate to pay for it over time, like other state investments," the report added. "A sizable investment, allocated judiciously, could generate five times that amount in commercial investment," the report said, according to Reuters. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

CANADA FUNDS RURAL BROADBAND FROM PENALTIES FROM OVERCHARGING CUSTOMERS: The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has approved individual plans by the largest phone companies to bring broadband service to some 350 areas throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec and Ontario, according to the Toronto Globe and Mail. They will use about half of a $650 million fund collected between 2002 and 2006 by overcharging customers in cities. Some of the funds will be used to improve communications services for people with disabilities, including a video service that would let people communicate via sign language through a third person. But phone customers in urban areas will also get some money back, about $300 million of the so-called deferral account, according to the CRTC. The amounts have yet to be finalized, the Globe and Mail said. When the deferral account was created in 2002, the CRTC directed the phone companies to put amounts equal to any potential rate reduction into the account. The aim was to keep rates high enough to encourage new competitors to enter the local phone market. The CRTC decided two years ago that the money should go to bridge the digital divide for rural areas. Consumer groups have appealed the decision, saying the money should go back to customers. Bell Canada is also appealing. Bell, Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., Telus Corp. and Saskatchewan Telecommunications have until 2011 to complete the broadband rollout. The CRTC has instructed them to use the lowest-cost technology. 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

For additional information, contact Hal Mordkofsky at 202-828-5520 or



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Please find attached the preliminary program and registration form for the next EMMA conference and Round Table meeting to be held in Crete, Greece on April 23 - 25, 2008.

Program Summary

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Registration Form

You can contact Derek Banner, EMMA President, by calling him on +44 1895 473 551 or e-mailing him at:  left arrow CLICK HERE

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Nighthawk Systems Inc. manufactures low cost and reliable remote control products for fire house alerting, volunteer alerting, activation of warning signs and sirens, and a number of applications for public safety. The Company manufactures the EA1 and the FAS-8 which have been designed specifically for these applications. Both products are paging based and will work with any public or private paging network. They are available in all VHF, UHF, and 900 MHz paging frequencies. The products can serve as the primary notification system or an excellent, low-cost backup to existing systems.

Public Emergency Notification & Volunteer Alerting

The EA1 is the solution for remotely activating public warning signage. Examples include tornado sirens, flash flood warnings, fire danger, Amber Alert, icy roads, etc. The EA1 can also send text messages to scrolling signs. This can occur in conjunction with the activation of audible alarms and visual strobes. This is ideal for public notification in buildings, schools, hotels, factories, etc. The group call feature allows for any number of signs or flashing lights to be activated at the same time over a wide geographic area. In addition, the EA1 Emergency Alert is the perfect solution for low cost yet highly effective alerting of volunteer fire fighters in their home. When activated the EA1 will emit an audible alarm and activate the power outlet on the units faceplate. A common setup is to simply place the EA1 on a table and plug a lamp into the faceplate. When paged from dispatch or any touch tone phone the EA1 will awaken the fire fighter to a lit room. As an option the EA1 can be ordered with a serial cable, allowing for attachment of a serial printer. When paged the alphanumeric message will be printed out at the same time the alarm sounds and the outlet is activated. The EA1 is an ideal complement to alphanumeric belt pagers common to volunteers.

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Firehouse Automation

The FAS-8 is designed for activating one or more relays in a firehouse and if desired, printing the alphanumeric message to a serial printer. For this application the FAS-8 is set to activate upon receiving the proper paging cap code sent from 911 dispatch. Up to eight different devices can be activated all with individual time functions. The most common devices to turn on include the PA amplifier, audible wake up alarm, and house lights. The most common device turned off is the stove. The FAS-8 can accept up to 8 different cap codes and have separate relay and time functions per cap code. This allows for different alerting to be accomplished at the same physical location depending upon which cap code is sent. This can be very helpful when fire crews and medical crews are housed in the same building.



Put the innovative technology of Nighthawk to work for you. For more information on any of our products or services, please contact us.

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From: Ron Mayes
Subject: from the newsletter
Date: January 18, 2008 4:58:39 PM CST
To: Brad Dye
Cc: Ira Wiesenfeld


As always a great newsletter!

Once again your newsletter has me laughing and wondering about the news media and their continual lack of technological knowledge. Not to mention the lack of specific detail to support their story like what pagers they use or can’t get any longer.

The article about the “fire department find flaws with new pagers” mentions only the pagers have small displays on them in which to read messages. This they interpret as being “dangerous” to use because they have to look at the screen. They then go on to point out that the pagers may not receive signal in metal buildings and such. They also bring up that they want to go back to their old voice pagers which aren't even made any longer? What amazes me is that they don’t call the pagers by name, like alpha numeric, text or messaging pagers. I’ve had many a discussion (arguments) with Fire Departments who say they want “Voice Pagers” because they are easier to use than text pagers. My professional opinion has always been that text pagers are definitely better than voice pagers for several reasons.

(1) I couldn't hear a voice page if my life depended on it in a noisy environment – like a fire truck with it’s siren on.

(2) I have the same memory issues as you – so reading a page over and over again is convenient,

(3) All the paging guys know a digital paging signal will go farther and penetrate better than a voice page.

(4) To the best of my knowledge Motorola still makes/offers Voice pagers along with digital text pagers.

(5) Digital pagers are a heck of a lot cheaper than Voice pagers for any government budget, You can get nearly 6 alpha text pagers for the price of one voice pager.

(6) Finally, I have to disagree that reading text pagers or phones are inherently more dangerous to use while operating a fire truck than their other devices. Has anyone looked at a fully decked out police car or fire truck recently with all the gadgets. The need for a navigator and communications operator along with a driver is definitely apparent. While reading that they want to use scanners I did the math and found they are going to spend nearly $580.00 each for a Scanner??? ($116,000.00 / 200 QTY) Dang, I'll sell them double the number of Vertex Standard (Motorola) scanning radios for less money (VHF or UHF).

Newspaper articles like this do nothing to help our industry or the local fire departments perceived issues. It’s unfortunate there isn’t a way to get some professional communications input to the problems presented by the news media and back to the Fire Department officials.

Ron Mayes
Advantage Communications & Paging
Wichita, KS

From: Paul Lubsen
Subject: RE: Firefighters find flaws with new pagers
Date: January 21, 2008 6:15:38 PM CST
To: Brad Dye

Hi Brad!

You’re reprint of this article really caught my eye, because we are putting in a new paging system for York County, but in Pennsylvania! I was thinking, what the heck, we haven’t even turned it on yet!

I would be interested to know who installed their paging system- sounds like they did not provide any coverage guarantee’s to include in-building coverage. We are doing that for York County, PA.

Also, who is the manufacturer of the pagers?

This situation is pretty typical for fire departments., who get caught up in the migration from conventional, analog, 2-way radio communications systems to P25, digital trunked radio systems. Many of them don’t realize, until its too late in the decision making process, that once their 2-way goes to trunking, they can no longer use their Minitor pagers to monitor the main fire channel. Of course, there are many advantages of digital radio systems and trunking, that for public safety comm. managers, outweigh the ability of the volunteer or other fire fighter to monitor the 2-way fire communications.

I take exception to the fire chief who argues its too dangerous for the driver of the vehicle to read a pager, while driving to the incident scene. Certainly, its dangerous to read something while driving. But if he hears the address on the voice radio, does he automatically know where the location is, or does he need to figure out the best directions to get there? Does he then look at a Thomas Guide, does he have a navigation system in the vehicle, or does another fireman in the truck look up the address and the best way to get there? This is why many fire stations install a “rip-and-run” system that prints out the location of the 911 call at the fire station, so they can take the printout with him before he even gets in the truck. What does he do then? He reads the address off of the printout. Plus, they usually have 2-5 firefighters all riding in the same truck, so someone other than the driver reads the address and tells the driver which way to go.

We saw a bid spec recently that called for a console patch, that would patch all fire communications on the trunked P25 system, thru the console to the conventional fire channel, so their existing Minitor pagers can still monitor their 2-way, trunked communications. This seems to be a viable option for those fire departments that feel they still need the old, analog communications. Text to voice pagers are also now available, however, I hear that the synthesized voice is not that easy to understand.

Digital paging offers better, more reliable simulcast transmission than analog. Digital paging is much more efficient with much higher throughput and a digital message can easily be recalled, is more private, and cannot/should not be misinterpreted. Not to mention the difference in cost of almost $400 each for an alphanumeric pager vs. a Minitor V. Just one more opinion regarding this inevitable change in fire communications.

Best Regards,

Paul Lubsen
SONIK Messaging Systems Inc.
(760)599-2800 Office
(760)599-2805 FAX

From: Oshinsky, Stephen M
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2008 8:40 AM
Subject: PTC WARN Yahoo! Group

Dear PTC Members,

John Deboer has set up a Yahoo Group site for WARN Discussions (named PTC-WARN). Please send an e-mail to John at if you are interested in joining the discussions. This will help facilitate the subcommittee the PTC setup at the last meeting for developing standards for paging systems (protocols and device standards) for implementation of the WARN Act requirements. Please note that once you get the invite, you will need to either sign in with an existing Yahoo account or create a new one.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Stephen M. Oshinsky
Director, Systems Architecture [SkyTel]

stephen oshinsky

From: John deBoer
Date: January 21, 2008 12:25:07 PM CST
To: Brad Dye
Subject: GTES Customer Service for Glenayre Equipment Continuing


In your last newsletter you had a comment about the GTES office in Vancouver closing. I would like to provide some details on the subject so your readers will know the full story.

The GTES Vancouver office is being closed. This is being done to make the GTES service operations more efficient and to allow GTES to focus on supporting Glenayre system customers. USA Mobility, the partner and parent company of GTES, will be involved in providing this support. These changes include relocating GTES support operations to Plano, Texas. Customer service support will be handled from Plano effective February 4, 2008.

Key GTES personnel are being retained to ensure that the normal high level of GTES customer service is maintained. This includes Debbie Schlipman for sales support. Her contact information is +1-251-445-6826 or

North American customers can continue to use 1-800-663-5996 to contact the GTES customer service group. For overseas customers, the customer service direct line is being changed to +1-972-801-0590. Email contact will continue to be via

I hope this answers some of the questions your readers may have.

Best regards

John de Boer
General Manager
GTES - Global Technical Engineering Solutions
Ph: +1-972-801-0318

From: Nancy Andersen
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 11:29 AM
To: Brad Dye
Cc: Nancy Andersen
Subject: RE: from the newsletter

Hi Brad,

Here is some information on Christie. I can be contacted at 903-595-8804. We called most of the vendors she worked with the most, but I'm certain there are others that knew her and Terry.

Thanks so much,


Christie Poe, a valued member of our Teletouch Paging team passed away on December 19th in an auto accident. She was 29 years old.

Many of you may have known and worked with her and her Husband Terry over the years. She joined Teletouch in July of 1996. Originally from Arkansas, Christie moved to Texas in 2000 and managed all our inventory and pager repair operations. She contributed greatly to our company and was a great person with a wonderful smile and fun attitude.

She and Terry were married on March 24, 2004. They enjoyed off-road motorcycle racing. Christie was a member of the TORO - Texas Off Road Organization, TSCEC Texas State Championship Enduro Circuit and the TCCRA Texas Cross Country Racing Association. She recently won her 2006-2007 TORO Class Championship.

Christie loved animals, reading and spending time with her friends.

We have all been deeply saddened by this loss. Services were held in Texas and Arkansas. She touched many lives and made the world a better place.

We all miss her.


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