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FRIDAY - MARCH 28, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 303

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

I am pleased to publish an excellent article this week by Craig Meldrum, President of WiPath Communications: The pitfalls of mass alerting systems using cellular SMS/text messaging. He very skillfully points out several important issues in this timely topic. Wireless-text messaging, using group call, and sent over simulcast paging systems is clearly the fastest and most reliable way to alert people when there is an emergency. Please don't miss this article. Everyone involved in Critical Messaging should know this information by heart.

. . . reliance on the individually-addressed . . . systems as the primary, and sometimes only means of alert, is dangerous. These systems . . . are engendering a false sense of security . . .

We continue to do a good job of "preaching to the choir" or as one friend put it, we are a bit like the orchestra that played on the deck of the Titanic while the ship sank. So, if you want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem, help us get the word out to those who need to know—outside of our industry—Public Safety Officials, etc.

Several readers sent Ron Mercer and I messages requesting a follow-up article to his treatise on the history of paging. Ron responds this week with, Milestones in the Growth of Paging. Read on.

Mucho news about Motorola this week. I have been very disappointed that Motorola is no longer the company that it was when I worked for them 35 years ago. All the old traditions of excellence, integrity, loyalty to and from its employees, and promoting from within whenever possible have gone to the wayside as the years have passed. They seem to be suffering from the "messianic complex." This is when a company's board believes that they must bring someone in from the outside to run their company. "Someone to save us." Never mind that they know nothing about our company's core competencies and traditions. Never mind that they have absolutely no experience in our field of endeavor and don't understand our customers. This "messiah" can't possibly be someone we know—someone who already works for us, and so on.

Remember Motorola's ex-CEO Ed Zandler's statement about Apple's fabulously successful iPod a few years ago: "Screw the nano," said Zander. "What the hell does the nano do? Who listens to 1,000 songs?" [source] So Motorola paid this guy $13.2 million dollars a year for being so smart.

Motorola CEO Ed Zander earns $13.2 million a year

Mar. 6, 2007

In a year that saw 2006 profits down over 20 percent compared to the previous year, Motorola CEO Ed Zander earned a total of $13.2 million in compensation.

The amount includes $1.5 million in salary, $9.5 million in stock options and $2.2 million in other forms of compensation. [source]

Former Motorola employee blasts current, former management

March 26, 2008 12:17 PM PDT

The assistant to Motorola's former chief marketing officer has accused former CEO Ed Zander of working his boss to death—literally—and declared that current CEO Greg Brown is "actively killing the company."

Engadget obtained a letter written by Numair Faraz, who was a personal adviser to former Motorola Chief Marketing Officer Geoffrey Frost, sent to Motorola's top executives earlier this year.

In the letter, released the same day Motorola announced plans to separate into two companies, Faraz outlines Motorola's downfall from the heights it reached during the success of the Razr.

"I've always considered it Motorola's dirty little secret that the strategy for their entire profit machine was run by the company's CMO—not the rest of the company's executives, who are as inept now as they have ever been," Faraz wrote. Frost was widely credited as the force behind the development of the Razr, the super-slim phone that became one of the hottest-selling phones ever to emerge from Motorola.

"Many close to Geoffrey believed Ed Zander worked him to death, putting the pressure of the fate of the company in his hands," Faraz wrote. Frost died suddenly in 2005, and with him died Motorola's Razr strategy.

The company was never able to come up with a successor to the product and flogged it mightily around the world, even after its trademark thin design had been copied and bested by other mobile-phone makers. As a result, Zander no longer runs Motorola.

The letter is quite scathing, going on to accuse current CEO Greg Brown of giving into to the demands of activist investor Carl Icahn without good reason.

"Your lack of understanding of the consumer side of Motorola doesn't give you a valid reason for selling the handset business; moreover, publicly disclosing your explorations of such a move, in an attempt to keep Carl Icahn off your back, shows how much you value the safety of your incompetence," Faraz wrote.

It's hard to say how much of this is true and how much of this is the emotional release of a disgruntled Motorola employee who also suffered the loss of someone close. Clearly, though, by any measure, Motorola has completely and totally screwed up its mobile-phone business in the years since Frost's death by failing to move past the Razr.

Accusing Zander of overworking Frost is hard to prove, from where I sit. Life at the top of a huge technology company is not for the squeamish; pressure, travel, and long hours are mandatory. But Zander obviously depended heavily on others to run the consumer side of Motorola's business; this is a guy who dismissed the iPod Nano by saying "Who listens to 1,000 songs?" Well, apparently tens of millions of people do.

A Motorola representative declined to comment on the letter to Engadget and did not immediately return a call and an e-mail seeking comment on the letter, though it's been quite a busy day over there. [source]

Now on to more news and views . . .

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Advertiser Index

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The pitfalls of mass alerting systems using cellular SMS/text messaging.

March 25, 2008

[Note: this article uses the word terminal to refer to the portable, wireless-messaging device.]

As a result of the increased concern for the safety of faculty and students in campus environments brought about by a number of violent events on campuses in the last few years, many campuses are implementing or considering various forms of emergency mass alerting capability to warn and advise when such an event occurs.

In consequence, a number of different emergency mass alerting methods have been promoted and a large number of misconceptions have arisen and poor systems installed through hurried implementation projects.

The varied solutions promoted fall roughly into two camps. Firstly there are the text-based, individually-addressed, pre-subscribed type systems that enable individuals to register for the receipt of text messages sent to cellular phones and other wireless e-mail or messaging devices. Secondly, there are the wide-area, public notification type systems that distribute text or voice messages, or activate non-specific audible warning devices that are spread about the public areas of a campus or in areas where large numbers of people congregate such as lecture halls, classrooms, cafeterias, etc. In addition to the above, there are some computer network based systems that send messages to computer screens throughout a campus network by e-mail or screen pop-up.

Each of the above systems has its pros and cons, however it is my opinion that reliance on the individually-addressed, SMS or text-message based systems as the primary, and sometimes only means of alert, is dangerous. These systems and their proponents are engendering a false sense of security and making promises about their efficacy that are doomed to lead to disaster if these systems are implemented as the sole and primary source of emergency alerts.

Cellular-based text messaging systems are not real time and are essentially one-to-one communications systems making them too slow and unreliable for the delivery of emergency messages in a timely and useful manner to a large number of recipients in a small area. Because the originator of a text message is not communicating directly with the recipient of the message, but is sending the message into a network—unsupervised by the originator—which manages the delivery based on unknown criteria and system priorities, it can take from several minutes to several hours or even days to send a single message to a large number of recipients.

One message sent to 1,000 recipients, for example, requires 1,000 individual transmissions to be managed by the network. Whilst very large numbers of text messages are sent daily to phones throughout the world and to a certain extent arrive reasonably soon after having been initiated, cellular-based SMS/Text systems rely on the recipients of that message traffic being geographically dispersed. When messages are generated to be sent to a large number of recipients in a relatively small geographical area, such as on a university campus, it is extremely unlikely that the network capacity, even when spread across a number of carriers, would be sufficient to deliver those messages quickly enough for the information to be acted on a timely manner or for the system to be regarded as a reliable means of alert.

Tests of such systems that have been carried out on campuses have shown that it can take up to several hours for a single message to be delivered to all subscribers, and testing that has been carried out has been done so under ideal conditions. In a test scenario, because there is no actual emergency, the message does not generate the escalation of respondent traffic that a real emergency message would which would further impact on network congestion.

Apart from network capacity issues with respect to the initial message transmission, once emergency messages start to arrive on phones, the networks will quickly become saturated with texts and voice calls initiated by the subscribers calling friends and family. The networks are likely to, and have—in a number of such emergency situations—crash under the volume of traffic!

At any one time a large number of phones in a campus environment are also likely to be switched off or diverted to prevent disturbance in lectures and this exacerbates the congestion problem as networks try to resend unacknowledged messages.

Random receipt of the initial alert messages may generate panic as some people receive them and start to escalate the seriousness of the alert. And because any follow up messages are extremely unlikely to get through at all, this leaves people in a vacuum of information which is an ideal environment for rumor and panic to take hold.

A technology promoted by some proponents, called cell broadcast, might seem to solve some of these issues however cell broadcast has a number of problems. Firstly it is not available on all phones or implemented by all network carriers. Secondly it is a scatter-gun approach with geographical control only by cell site or region, and is not able to distinguish between different types of subscribers within a given area so it cannot tell between a student on campus and a person on the highway a mile away. Lastly it still relies on the availability of the networks and if, following an initial alert, the networks become saturated with voice and text traffic and crash, cell broadcast will crash with them.

Wireless mass-alert systems based on non-public broadcast systems are able to generate mass alerts over a very wide area almost instantaneously and follow up information can be delivered as fast as it becomes available to keep people informed of changes to the alert situation. Even public wide-area broadcast systems are much faster and more reliable than cellular-based systems for delivery of a large number of messages quickly as they are, by nature, one-to-many broadcast systems which do not rely on a connection being established with every terminal device.

Using broadcast systems such as local-area or wide-area paging networks, initial alert messages can be delivered extremely quickly and follow up messages delivered as a situation unfolds. Messages can also be tailored to allow different advisories to be sent to different parts of a campus according to the developing situation and direct people to take different actions depending on the situation as it applies in each area.

If preferred, such systems can be used to send discrete messages to persons with responsibility for large numbers of people e.g. to a lecturer in a lecture hall who can manage the orderly dissemination of the information.

Wireless-broadcast technology has the added advantage of being able to individually address terminal devices as well as address them in groups or zones, providing significant flexibility and control over the way information is disseminated and allowing continuous new and updated information to be delivered in a timely fashion.

It is my opinion that whilst SMS/text-based message systems may have a place they should be used as, at best, a secondary means of disseminating an alert whilst broadcast systems be relied upon as the primary means.

Craig Meldrum is President of WiPath Communications LLC, a manufacturer of wireless data and paging terminal devices and systems for emergency mass alerting based on local area and public paging networks. Terminal solutions range from individual pagers through desktop and wall mounted information display terminals to larger information displays consisting indoor and outdoor LED displays, text to voice and non specific audible devices. Contact:

Source: WiPath Communications LLC

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Intel ups speed of quad-core processors

Intel squeezes out more processing power while maintaining energy usage

By Jon Brodkin, Network World, 03/25/2008

Intel has built two new quad-core processors that run faster than previous quad-core chips without using any additional power, the company announced Tuesday.

The quad-core Intel Xeon L5420 and L5410 processors for servers and workstations are up to 25% faster than Intel's previous Xeon processors, and have a 50% larger cache size. Both the new server processors and their predecessors run at 12.5 watts per core, or 50 total, Intel said. (Compare server products.)

The new chips take "advantage of Intel's unique 45nm (nanometer) manufacturing capabilities and reinvented transistor formula that combine to boost performance and reduce power consumption in data centers," Intel said in a press release.

Intel is updating its quad-core line of processors just as rival Advanced Micro Devices gets ready to make its quad-core Barcelona chips generally available after months of delays. Intel also plans to release a six-core processor later this year, but isn't ignoring its quad- and dual-core lines. Intel also said Tuesday it will ship a new dual-core processor next month with a 40-watt rating, clock speed of 3GHz, and a 6MB cache size.

The L5420 and L5410 run at 2.50G and 2.33GHz, respectively, and have 12MB of cache.

The L5420 will be sold to resellers in 1,000-unit quantities for $380 apiece, while the L5410 will go for $320 apiece. Vendors who sell the Intel L5400 series include Asus, Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, Hitachi, IBM, NEC, and Supermicro.

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Icahn Sues Motorola for Handset Business Documents

By Teresa von Fuchs
WirelessWeek - March 24, 2008

Carl Icahn has filed a suit against Motorola, trying to force the handset maker to hand over documents related to its struggling mobile phone unit. Icahn said the suit follows his failed attempts to retrieve the materials. He claims they would help him understand what the board could have to done to assure shareholders that the company made appropriate announcements about the prospects for its mobile phone business.

Motorola has not yet commented on the suit.

Last month, Icahn nominated four members to Motorola's board, possibly waging another proxy battle. Last year, Icahn called for the removal of then-CEO Ed Zander and also waged a proxy battle to get himself a seat on the company's board. Zander eventually left the company and was replaced by Greg Brown.

Since Brown's appointment, the company has undergone a slew of departures and appointments among its executive ranks. The company also said it was looking into spinning off its handset unit.

Source: WirelessWEEK

Icahn Letter to Motorola Board

March 26, 2008 4:51 p.m.

Below is the text of a letter sent March 26, 2008 by investor Carl Icahn to the board of directors of Motorola Inc.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Today's — much delayed and long overdue — announcement regarding the spin-off of the Mobile Devices business and the establishment of two fully independent companies with separate management teams and Boards is clearly a step in the right direction. As you know, for some time I have argued that this should be done. However, as one of the largest Motorola stockholders, I continue to have concerns about the speed and manner in which a new management team is selected for the Mobile Devices business and the separation transaction is consummated. Time is of the essence and decisive action is required to reposition the Mobile Devices business for success as an independent company. Furthermore, today's announcement begs a few key questions:

1. Why will it take you until sometime in 2009 to accomplish the separation?

2. Why does it take the threat of a proxy fight for you to make promises we all want to hear?

3. Do you intend to carry out your proposals or will it be a repeat of last year's proxy fight strewn with a string of broken commitments? Obviously the tepid reaction of the market manifests shareholders' views concerning the value of your commitment. The only statement made in your conference call we totally agree with is that ... "there can be no assurances that any transaction will ultimately occur."

You stated during today's conference call, "we discussed Board Nominees with Carl Icahn and we proposed two nominees and he declined." Again this is only partially true. It is true that Sandy Warner, head of the Nominating Committee called me and offered seats to two of my Nominees if I would drop the proxy fight. However, you failed to mention in your conference call that I told Mr. Warner that I would gladly accept this offer if the Board would also accept Keith Meister. Mr. Warner replied summarily to this offer that Meister did not "qualify." I asked Mr. Warner what does one have to do to qualify — lose $37 billion dollars? Mr. Warner then replied that the Board did not "know" Meister. My answer was that Meister would fly anywhere at any time to meet the Board so they could "know" him (I did mention that the situation at Motorola is too serious for the Board to remain a country club). My offer to Motorola stills stands.

You have stated to the press that our request for information about what steps the Board actually took to correct the problem at Motorola is an unnecessary distraction. We disagree. In a political election when constituents believe their representatives' performance was inadequate, they are certainly not denied information as to whether their representative acted in a grossly negligent fashion. Why should it be different in Corporate America?

I do however agree with you that this proxy fight is a distraction that Motorola at this junction can ill afford. If as you have stated, we all want to benefit the stockholders of Motorola, then what possible reason is there for not putting Keith Meister on the Board. After all, how much can he eat at the Board meetings? On a positive side, having a highly intelligent, energetic individual like Keith, who has 145 million reasons to spend his time working toward the spin-off being accomplished, may well make this promise come true in a timely fashion.

We ask the Board meet with Meister, put egos aside and let's get on with the urgent business at hand.


Carl C. Icahn

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Texting may be sign of mental illness

[Posted: Wed 26/03/2008]

texting Some people who send an excessive amount of text messages and e-mails may have a mental illness, according to new American experts.

An article in the American Journal of Psychiatry has said addiction to text messaging and emailing could be another form of mental illness.

In the article Dr Jerald Block, said there were four symptoms in this area: suffering from feelings of withdrawal when a computer cannot be accessed; an increased need for better equipment; need for more time to use it; and experiencing the negative repercussions of their addiction.

The same would apply, he said, to text messaging by mobile phone.

Dr. Block warned that major areas of concern included motor vehicle accidents that are caused by cell phone instant messaging, stalking and harassment via instant messaging, and instant messaging at social, educational, (and) work functions where it creates problems.

Source: Irish Health
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RIM poised to prosper in consumer sector

BlackBerry has advantages over cellphones

Duncan Stewart, Financial Post
Published: Saturday, March 22, 2008

Research in Motion Ltd. has certain fundamental technological advantages that may allow it to do very well in the consumer market over the next few years.

For those with a technical bent, RIM's management has experience in the areas of radio frequency (RF) and batteries. Its early devices were designed as pager-like text transmitters, and that early background means that RIM solves the whole push e-mail problem elegantly, minimizing bandwidth transmission, polling, radio spectrum and battery life (all those components are inextricable linked.)

Only a tiny part of e-mail messages are sent to a central server, where that message is groomed, optimized and only then sent out to your Black-Berry. A tremendous amount of intelligence goes into that process, and it is proprietary to RIM. It makes the system secure, spectrally efficient, battery efficient and — importantly — controllable by the corporate information technology (IT) departments.

Most company managers want to control e-mail and voice communication: They want to ensure e-mails are kept or deleted, that some addresses are off limits, long distance costs are controlled or funneled through approved providers, logs are kept and so on.

At the same time, the people in those IT departments don't want to learn a whole new language to implement those controls. So RIM has made that relatively easy for them to learn and to use.

In the consumer market, the ability to control and regulate access and how equipment is used is just as important to parents as it is to executives.

Having played with the iPhone and looking at Apple's historical skill sets, I would say that Apple is an unquestioned leader in the media and Web functionality.

I suspect that lead will be pretty defensible for some time to come-- the iPod is not that much better than all the other MP3 players, but it has a huge and seemingly permanent market-share lead and iThink the iPhone will be similarly advantaged.

On the other hand, RIM enjoys an equally strong lead in e-mail functionality — one that I believe AAPL will find hard to match. But that leaves voice?

Let's use me as an example. I have four kids, ages 12 to 18. Three have cellphones. But what if I could buy reasonably priced BlackBerry phones (not with full keyboards)?

As a result of RIM's network architecture, I could easily click on to a Web page and control how each device is used. I don't want my kids making long-distance calls or roaming, nor Web-surfing or texting during class.

But what about when child #3 goes on a field trip to Quebec? Three clicks and she can now call — but only home. Christmas vacation and my kids get to use the phones during school hours — until January when it is back to weekends and after school only. No long distance — except for grandma and grandpa in Vancouver.

Now picture that sort of ability applied to every family and small business.

As an employer, I may have a salesperson on the road and they should certainly make company calls on our Black-Berry. RIM software allows me to control and monitor that usage.

Providing mobile phone users with this sort of control would allow RIM to differentiate itself from other pure-commodity or pure device competitors. Nobody else has the architecture or the right telecom mentality to duplicate what RIM can do.

Not every user will want this sort of functionality, of course — but if this is attractive to even 1% of customers who own the three billion phones being used today, it would more than triple the number of BlackBerries in use.

I believe that RIM will be introducing a small-business and consumer version of this sort of technology over then next year or two. And it is a technology that Apple cannot easily match, since that sort of telecom policy control is not something it has any experience in.

All of this is also bad news for SonyEricsson, Motorola, Nokia, LG and so on.

AAPL will own the media and Web smartphone market, RIM will own the e-mail/text and policy control market — and everyone else can play in a pure commodity space and try to steal fractions of a point of market share by introducing Hello Kitty phones in a new shade of pink. - Duncan Stewart is president and CEO of Duncan Stewart Asset Management Inc. He or the funds he manages may hold positions, long or short, in the stocks mentioned.

Source: Financial Post

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ron mercer In an article several weeks ago, we discussed the beginnings of radio paging and the earliest pagers which appeared in the late 1950's and early 1960's. In the four decades between those early 60's and the year 2000, radio paging grew from nothing to an important public service supporting the mobile communications needs of approximately 45 million users. A question arises as to the events that contributed to this growth.

In chronological order, the following events are important milestones that shaped the radio paging industry:

From Manual Encoding To Automated Dial Access:
In the late 50's, private tone only "beeper" systems installed within individual hospitals and similar organizations dominated the industry. These private systems included manual encoders that were activated by operators, often the same operators who ran the organization's telephone switchboard.

When anyone wished to contact an individual carrying a pager, they:

  • Called the operator and requested that So-and-So be paged.
  • By activating appropriate buttons or switches on the manual encoder, the operator then initiated a coded radio transmission that caused the desired pager to "beep",
  • Alerted by the beep, the paged party called the operator to find out who had them paged, and then called the party who had initiated the page.

In the early 1960's the Bell System developed Dial Access facilities that allowed pagers to be called directly from any telephone via the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). Dial access led to the introduction of Bell System "Bellboy" service which generally covered a complete city or town and was marketed to the general public.

The Carterfone Decision:
From the early 1960's until 1968, FCC regulations prohibited non-telephone company equipment from being connected to the PSTN. Accordingly, throughout that period all direct dial paging was provided only by operating telephone companies (mostly Bell Companies) and, although a number of Bell Companies offered "Bellboy" paging service, in general they did not market the service aggressively and the subscriber base grew very slowly.

Also, early Bellboy systems were interconnected to the PSTN using electromechanical (relay) Control Terminals that were based on the design of traditional telephone Central Office switching apparatus. These Control Terminals were dedicated to simple tone only service with little flexibility or optional capabilities. Among the limitations inherent in many of these systems was a fixed relationship between the internal pager addresses (later called capcodes) and the telephone numbers via which the pagers were called. If a pager became defective, as early pagers often did, a replacement pager would be provided, but the new pager would have a different telephone access number. Several schemes were implemented to reduce the negative impact of this particular limitation but all remained labor intensive and inefficient.

In 1968, the FCC issued a landmark decision, known as the "Carterfone" decision, that struck down the "non-Telco" interconnection prohibition thus opening the paging opportunity to the broader community of radio service providers known as Radio Common Carriers (RCC's).

While some RCC's had operated non-interconnected (i.e. manually encoded) paging systems during the early 60's, the ability to automate the service turned paging into a much larger enterprise and propelled the industry toward the 45 million subscribers that were ultimately served.

Early Technological Developments:
In the early 1970's, the expanded opportunity created by the Carterfone Decision also stimulated several technological developments including:

  • Migration from AM, super regenerative paging receivers to FM super heterodyne designs;
  • Similar migration from Low Band (i.e. 35 MHz) radio channels to VHF (150 MHz);
  • Pager development by a number of manufacturers (i.e. Motorola, NEC, Bell & Howell);
  • Control Terminals development by several manufacturers (Acme, Amcor,) that used solid state switching and offered smaller physical size and greater flexibility including the ability to assign any phone access number to any pager.

By the late 1970's, more advanced control terminals were developed (SCE, BBL, Glenayre etc.) using microprocessor technology to provide significant feature enhancements including:

  • Full service assignment per pager allowing any radio channel, tone or voice service, code format, capcode etc. to be assigned to any pager,
  • An interface to Billing Systems that supported usage sensitive service,
  • Integrated Voice Mail with "message stored" notification via pager,

The Digital Revolution:
Throughout the 1960's and most of the 1970's, pagers were analog devices using a number of tone signaling schemes (i.e. two-tone sequential, three-tone simultaneous, 5-tone sequential etc.). Due to the limitations of these signaling schemes, only very simple services were supported:

  • Tone Only (aka "beeper")service which alerted users to the existence of a message, but required the user to take other action (Often a telephone call) to actually retrieve the message.
  • Tone & Voice service which had the benefit of delivering a message rather than simple Alerting users to the existence of a message but, due to the inefficiencies of voice, required at least 10-15 times the airtime required by tone only service. The resultant reduction in channel capacity, accordingly, caused tone & voice to be offered only in smaller systems where the additional airtime could be afforded.

In the mid 1970's, simple tone-only service was enhanced slightly through the introduction of a second function code in each pager. Each function code produced a unique tone alert pattern (e.g. Function 1 steady tone, Function 2 interrupted beep tone, etc.). This simple technique allowed users slightly greater efficiency (Function 1 "CALL HOME," Function 2 "Call OFFICE," etc.)

In the early 1980's, Digital Encoding Formats, which were to change the nature of radio paging dramatically, were introduced by several pager manufacturers:

  • Motorola introduced the GOLAY digital format;
  • The British Post Office introduced the POCSAG digital format which was adopted by several pager manufacturers including NEC, Panasonic, Multitone and others;
  • Martin Marietta introduced a digital format using Manchester Coding.

Both GOLAY and POCSAG were NRZ (Non Return to Zero) digital formats that necessitated the use of specialized direct frequency modulated base station transmitters.

The Martin Marietta Manchester Code, because it was a Return to Zero (RZ) format, could function with only minor modification to the phase modulated analog base station transmitters that were in place at the time. The Martin code, however, was not only less efficient than GOLAY or POCSAG but it was intolerant of delay-spread distortion that is common in simulcast systems. Accordingly, in systems using multiple base stations to achieve desired coverage, the Martin format necessitated that calls be sequenced via individual transmitters so as to prevent overlapping coverage.

Moreover, GOLAY was proprietary to Motorola and required licensing while POCSAG was an open format that did not require licensing.

Due largely to the above factors, POCSAG became the most widely used digital format from the early 1980's until the mid 1990's when Motorola introduced the higher speed, higher capacity FLEX digital encoding format. The POCSAG format, therefore, was very instrumental in the explosive growth of paging, which often exceeded 20% per year, throughout this period.

The Influence Of Touchtone Telephony:
The major advantage of any of the digital formats was their ability to go beyond simple tone only service to deliver messages, rather than simply alert users to the existence of messages, and to do so with sufficient efficiency to allow large subscriber bases to be served. Two types of display service were introduced almost simultaneously:

  • Numeric Display which, although primarily intended to display telephone numbers, is sometimes used to display simple coded messages (1=call home, 2=call your brother, 7= call voicemail, 9=bring milk, etc). In most cases, however, numeric display does not convey a complete message but rather directs the user to a further message retrieval action;
  • Alphanumeric display which displays text messages.

Inherent in the provision of any display services is the need to provide a means via which messages or other information may be entered into the system so that it may be transmitted and displayed on receiving pager screens. For numeric display service, the necessary display information can be easily entered from any Touchtone® telephone. The support of alphanumeric display, conversely, requires an alphanumeric entry device (such as a QWERTY keyboard).

Touchtone® telephony (DTMF) was derived from a series of multi-frequency (MF) signaling systems designed by the Bell system in the late 1950's that first became available as an extra cost option in the United States in the mid 1960's becoming widely used in the early 1980's just about the time that digital paging appeared on the scene.

In the United States, due to the growing availability of Touchtone® telephones that allowed callers to enter numeric calls without operator assistance, numeric display paging grew quite quickly throughout the 1980's.

Alphanumeric-display service, on the other hand, required keyboard message entry which, prior to the unfolding of the Internet, was not generally available to callers who were thus generally forced to place alphanumeric calls through an operator.

Based on the availability of input facilities, therefore, in the USA numeric display paging grew far more rapidly that alphanumeric display during the 1980's and early 1990's.

It is noteworthy that in other countries, which did not have Touchtone® telephones as early as did the US, both numeric and alphanumeric display services required operator assistance and, accordingly, alphanumeric service grew more rapidly than numeric service throughout the 1980's in most other parts of the world.

The Impact Of The Internet:
In the mid 1990's, the personal computer became omnipresent and, along with the related launching of the Internet, created an enormous change in the way in which paging calls were initiated. Through the P.C. and Internet, it became as simple and cost-effective to enter alphanumeric messages as it had historically been to enter numeric messages from Touchtone telephones in the 1980's. This simplicity propelled the paging industry to its zenith around 2000 when approximately 45 million pagers were in service in the USA.

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Verizon, AT&T big winners in 700 MHz auction

March 24, 2008

Verizon Wireless was the big winner for the 700 MHz auction after winning the Upper C Block of spectrum, which is laden with open access provisions. Google did not win any licenses. Satellite television company EchoStar subsidiary Frontier won a significant amount of licenses in the E Block — enough to give the company a nationwide footprint. Verizon Wireless not only won the coveted C Block, but also most of the A Block and 77 licenses in the B Block, which contained the smallest licenses in the auction. For its part, AT&T managed to scoop up 227 of the smaller slices of spectrum.

Verizon Wireless ended up winning seven of the 11 pieces of the C Block, but the other four regional slices of the spectrum in that block went to other bidders. Triad 700 won the Alaska and Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands regional C Block slices for $1.78 million and $3.12 million, respectively. Small Ventures USA won a piece of the C Block that covers a part of the Gulf of Mexico for $1.05 million. Club 42 CM Limited won the C Block slice that covers Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and America Samoa with a $550,000 bid.

As part of the announcement, the FCC de-linked the D Block, which failed to meet its $1.3 billion reserve price, from the other four blocks. The D Block had special provisions for a public-private network that would benefit public safety workers. While the FCC plans to make the spectrum available before the DTV transition in February of next year, it said it has no immediate plans to re-auction the spectrum in Auction 76, which was the original contingent plan. —Brian Dolan

For the entire list of winning bids and bidders:
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Microsoft Wants Wireless Consumers, Too

March 19, 2008, 12:01AM EST

Under pressure from Apple's iPhone, the software behemoth is reinvigorating efforts to make Windows Mobile more appealing to the mass market

by Olga Kharif

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Microsoft is eager to claim a larger slice of the smartphone market. Its market share has declined since the introduction of the iPhone in June, 2007.

Spurred on by Apple's pursuit of the wireless mass market, Microsoft is redoubling efforts to court mobile-phone consumers. Despite long-standing attempts to widen the appeal of Microsoft's Windows Mobile, the operating system for cell phones is popular mainly with business users looking for a way to view documents, spreadsheets, and corporate e-mail on a handheld device.

Luring the less-business-minded has taken on added urgency in light of Apple's success with the iPhone, introduced in June, 2007. "We've always been going in this direction, but we feel it's time to move in more aggressively now," says Scott Horn, general manager of Microsoft's mobile communications business, though he denies the push has to do with Apple (AAPL). In 2007, the Windows Mobile share of the U.S. smartphone market slipped to 28%, from 30%, reflecting inroads by the iPhone, which uses Apple's OS X operating system, according to researchers at IDC.

While Windows Mobile has gained global share and almost doubled shipments, to 11 million units, in 2007, Apple has made remarkable gains too, selling 4 million iPhones in less than half a year on the market. "Apple has gotten more attention in the first six months than Microsoft has gotten in the first five years," says Richard Doherty, director at consultancy Envisioneering Group.

To make Windows Mobile more appealing to the masses, Microsoft (MSFT) is trying to improve its Web browsing capabilities. On Mar. 17, Microsoft announced it has licensed Adobe (ADBE) Flash Lite, which will let Windows Mobile users view certain Web sites, such as e-commerce and video game pages with animations. Microsoft has also licensed another piece of Adobe software that makes it easier to view e-mail attachments, and it's working on a mobile version of its own Silverlight code, designed to enhance the appearance of mobile Web sites.

The company is also likely at work on a full mobile browser that would put phones running Windows Mobile on par with the iPhone, say analysts. In February, Microsoft acquired a startup called Danger, which already makes a mobile HTML Web browser and applications geared toward social networking and instant messaging. "We absolutely intend to provide a great mobile browsing experience," says Horn.

Microsoft's endeavors don't stop at the browser's edge. It's trying to make the system's whole look and feel more user-friendly. "Microsoft just isn't delivering a product that's appealing to consumers," Greg DeMichillie, an analyst at consultancy Directions on Microsoft, says of the current operating system. "Windows Mobile is too much Windows and not enough mobile. The device's interface is clunky. The software makes you take too many steps to get a task done. The pressure is on Microsoft to try and make Windows Mobile a better end-user experience." Some newer, hipper Windows Mobile designs and features are already working their way into phones, including T-Mobile's Shadow device for consumers and Palm's (PALM) new Treo 500v smartphone from Vodafone (VOD), aimed at business users. "This offers a good taste for where we think [user menus] should be heading," Horn says. "Stay tuned."

The effort to consumerize the wireless business may get an even bigger push forward if Microsoft's play for Yahoo! (YHOO) is successful. Microsoft would undoubtedly find ways to weave Yahoo's search, e-mail, and other Web features into the Windows Mobile platform. Yahoo's OneSearch, a search application tailored to mobile phones, is available to some 600 million people worldwide, up from only 6 million mobile subscribers in early 2007. Management changes may also reinvigorate Windows Mobile; the division is now headed by Andy Lees, who in February succeeded Pieter Knook, who departed for Vodafone.

Microsoft shouldn't tarry. This year, Apple will make the iPhone available in more countries and drastically increase the number of applications, both for businesses and consumers, available for the device. On Mar. 6, Apple unveiled a developer's kit, letting programmers easily create applications for the phone. With Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers offering $100 million in venture funds to startups developing applications for the iPhone and iPod, it may only be a matter of time before the iPhone catches up to Windows Mobile, which currently offers more than 18,000 applications. Microsoft may react by buying stakes in more mobile developers, Doherty says. Microsoft already owns interests in developers such as Zumobi, a former Microsoft spin-off.

Apple is also taking aim at Microsoft's bread-and-butter corporate customers (BusinessWeek, 3/4/08). Apple will soon release software that enables calendar features and so-called push e-mail, which diverts messages from a corporate account to a handheld device—capabilities that are of crucial importance to corporate users. "Windows Mobile and the iPhone's [OS X] are going to compete more," says Ken Dulaney, an analyst at consultancy Gartner (IT). "People in the store are going to see one vs. the other, and see that the iPhone is easier to use. With the iPhone, there's a great delight factor every time you hit a key."

Users of Windows Mobile will share some of that delight before long, if Microsoft has anything to say about it.

Source: BusinessWeek

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ADC Demonstrates "Micro Cellular Network" Solutions at CTIA Wireless 2008 in Las Vegas

Innovative Portfolio Addresses Coverage and Capacity Challenges for Cost-Effective, High-Quality Delivery of New Wireless Applications and Services

MINNEAPOLIS — March 25, 2008 — ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT; today announced that its Network Solutions Business Unit will showcase its All IP-Radio Access Network (RAN) portfolio at next week's CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas on April 1-3. The All IP-RAN product portfolio is the first comprehensive solution for the 'micro cellular network' challenge of providing strong and pervasive mobile wireless coverage in areas where macro network coverage won't reach—within residential and commercial buildings, in macro network gaps, and in remote locations. ADC will demonstrate the All IP-RAN portfolio in Booth 1041 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

"New applications and rising bandwidth demands are putting a lot of pressure on mobile operators to extend the coverage and capacity of their networks — reaching into homes, offices and outdoor hotspots," said Peter Jarich, research director at Current Analysis. "To push coverage and capacity into these places where macro networks simply don't reach, a complete portfolio of DAS products, picocells, remote radio heads and low-capacity outdoor products is critical, putting ADC and its IP-RAN portfolio in a strong position to deliver."

"Mobile wireless services are at a major inflection point," said Hilton Nicholson, president of the Network Solutions Business Unit for ADC. "Carriers have spent tens of billions of dollars to build up macro networks for voice coverage, but new high-speed data services and richer applications have now created a huge demand for 'micro cellular network' coverage and capacity, which includes in-building coverage, macro network gap coverage, and remote location coverage. ADC's All IP-RAN portfolio is the only one in the industry focused on addressing the micro network challenge."

As part of its demonstration, ADC will introduce its new InterReach® Office solution to the North American market. InterReach Office is the only enterprise mobility solution that delivers wireless coverage and capacity along with IP PBX integration.

ADC's ALL IP-RAN Portfolio
ADC's wireless portfolio includes a complete line of infrastructure solutions. As part of its IP-RAN Portfolio of outdoor solutions, ADC offers:

  • FlexWave™ Base Station System (BSS) is a complete base station system providing converged in-building and outdoor GSM, GPRS and EDGE coverage and capacity. It includes the nanoBTS™, the microBTS, a Base Station Controller (BSC), as well as integrated management.
  • UltraWAVE is a complete GSM network solution consisting of softswitch MSC, IP-based RAN and value-added services. UltraWAVE solutions are compact and scalable, optimized for micro-cellular and specialized mobile applications such as rural coverage, maritime, private networks, military and government.
  • FlexWave Universal Radio Head (URH) extends wireless coverage from existing cell sites to hard-to-reach areas and improves wireless capacity by distributing coverage from centralized radio suites. The URH adds flexibility and saves costs by providing multi-band coverage that supports both RF and baseband protocols.

Distributed URH solutions can be used for Near-Building applications that provide wireless coverage and capacity for surrounding outdoor public spaces from outdoor placements. FlexWave microBTS products also can be used for Near-Building applications.

  • FlexWave WMX WiMAX delivers services to a wide range of subscribers — from large enterprises and public-sector organizations to multi-tenant buildings and residences — using a single, standards-based platform.
  • FlexWave MMW is a millimeter wave transport solution that creates a 1.25 Gb E-wireless Ethernet data pipeline over distances up to 3 miles. FlexWave MMW duplicates the performance, reliability and security of fiber, but without the high deployment costs associated with outdoor fiber installation.

The IP RAN portfolio also includes the InterReach line of in-building coverage solutions, recently acquired through the acquisition of LGC Wireless.

  • InterReach Unison® and InterReach Fusion® are the leading active DAS systems on the market, with more than 11,000 worldwide deployments by carriers, local governments, and enterprises.
  • InterReach Office is an innovative wireless enterprise solution that enables a high-quality GSM mobile environment with unrivaled voice quality. It also serves as the foundation for wireless PBX services as well as fixed-mobile convergence (FMC). The InterReach Office GSM base station is the foundation of the InterReach Office suite. The solution is packaged in a compact, rack-mountable, server-like enclosure that is designed to be easily installed and configured by corporate IT personnel.

Other wireless portfolio solutions featured at the Mobile World Congress include:

  • The LoopStar® 700 Wireless Backhaul product family, an Ethernet access and transport portfolio optimized for converged packet access at the edge over any type of available facility.

About ADC Network Solutions
ADC's Network Solutions business unit offers products that deliver high-performance wireless coverage and capacity to business and consumer subscribers in any indoor or outdoor location. ADC is the global leader in advanced in-building wireless solutions and compact network systems, and is a leader in solutions that enhance coverage in macro networks.

About ADC
ADC provides the connections for wireline, wireless, cable, broadcast, and enterprise networks around the world. ADC's innovative network infrastructure equipment and professional services enable high-speed Internet, data, video, and voice services to residential, business and mobile subscribers. ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT) has sales into more than 130 countries. Learn more about ADC at

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including the expectations and beliefs of an industry analyst from Current Analysis who covers ADC. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements and the statements made by ADC in the new release are based upon management's current expectations. These risks and uncertainties include those identified in the section captioned "Risk Factors" in Item 1A of ADC's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended October 31, 2007, as may be updated in Item 1A of ADC's subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or other filings ADC makes with the SEC. ADC disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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ADC Media Relations

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ADC Investor Relations

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Nighthawk Systems Delivers Next Generation Emergency Alert Units to Denver Office of Emergency Management

SAN ANTONIO, TX – March 27, 2008 - Nighthawk Systems, Inc. (OTC BB: NIHK), a leading provider of intelligent wireless power control devices and solutions, today announced that it has delivered an initial order of 36 of its newly developed Emergency Alert Units (“EAU’s”) to the Denver Office of Emergency Management. The Office of Emergency Management manages the Emergency Operations Center during any major emergency or disaster and activates emergency warning systems.

The City of Denver, in conjunction with the Denver Fire Department, began using Nighthawk products years ago to successfully improve the reliability of their civil defense siren system. As a result of that success, the Denver Office of Emergency Management approached Nighthawk with a request to design and develop a next generation emergency notification system to replace the old analog system currently in use. Product for this project, which was conceived in 2007, was delivered over the past two months. Testing of the equipment has now been completed and the units have been successfully integrated into the City of Denver’s private communications network. These initial units have been installed in municipal buildings throughout Denver. The Nighthawk EAU utilizes digital messaging to activate an audible alarm and display a custom message on a scrolling LED sign. The onboard intelligence of the product gives the Office of Emergency Management the ability to vary the length and duration of the alarm and message, and also enables a group call feature which allows the Office of Emergency Management to activate or deactivate a single EAU, a designated group of devices, or all the devices operating on the system.

H. Douglas Saathoff, Nighthawk’s CEO, stated, “The EAU units are a logical extension of our product and service offerings. As with most of our products, these devices give the user centralized, on demand control of multiple devices at multiple locations. The units allow the Office of Emergency Management to alert both the private and public sector with real-time, specific information relative to the emergency that is occurring. Our reputation for reliability led to this opportunity with the City of Denver and with their support and endorsement, we hope to take this new product initiative to the next level. This system deserves serious consideration for mission critical applications in public facilities such as schools, hospitals, shopping areas and high-traffic locations. ”

About Nighthawk Systems, Inc.

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

Forward-looking statements

Statements contained in this release, which are not historical facts, including statements about plans and expectations regarding business areas and opportunities, acceptance of new or existing businesses, capital resources and future business or financial results are "forward-looking" statements. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, customer acceptance of our products, our ability to raise capital to fund our operations, our ability to develop and protect proprietary technology, government regulation, competition in our industry, general economic conditions and other risk factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in the forward-looking statements. Although we believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, they relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made, and our future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements may not meet these expectations. We do not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations, except as required by law.


Doug Saathoff
(877) 7-NIGHTHAWK, Ext 701


Yvonne Zappulla
Managing Director
Grannus Financial Advisors, Inc

Source: Nighthawk Systems, Inc.

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Unication USA




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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.

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  • 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.
  • More than 300 associates worldwide with Engineering Design Centers in Taipei, China and Vancouver, BC. The engineering team has years of experience in wireless systems, embedded SW, RF design and protocols for infrastructure and pagers.
  • Our Accelerated Life Testing facility ensures the highest quality of products for our customers.
  • 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.
  Arlington, TX 76006
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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

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  • Full Featured, Easy-to-use Voice/Fax/Numeric Mail Interface
  • One Number For All Your Messaging
  • Optional Hot-swap Hard Drives and Power Supplies Available
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. 11 March 19, 2008   

Auction No. 73 Closes After 261 Rounds, With Record $19.59 Billion in Total Bids

The 700 MHz Band auction (Auction No. 73) closed March 18, after 261 rounds, with a record $19.592 billion in bids. As FCC Chairman Kevin Martin noted, this total nearly doubles the congressional estimate of $10.2 billion; exceeds the $13.9 billion total raised in the 2006 Advanced Wireless Service-1 (AWS-1) Auction; and surpasses the $19.1 billion in receipts collected in all other 68 auctions conducted by the FCC in the past 15 years. Proceeds from Auction 73 will be transferred to the U.S. Treasury by June 30, and will be used to support public safety and digital television (DTV) initiatives.

Clients are reminded that the auction anti-collusion rules remain in effect until after the down payment deadline has passed. In previous auctions, the Commission has issued significant monetary forfeitures against companies that have violated these rules. Even if an auction winner has sufficient funds already on deposit with the Commission, the anticollusion rules still apply. To be safe, you should therefore avoid entering into discussions regarding auction-related matters with any other bidder or applicant until after the long-form application and down payment deadline have passed.

Of the 1,099 licenses available for bidding [i.e., 352 Economic Area (EA) licenses, 734 Cellular Market Area (CMA) licenses, 12 Regional Economic Area Grouping (REAG) licenses with package bidding, and 1 nationwide license], a total of 1091 licenses were successfully auctioned. The remaining eight licenses — two EA A-Block licenses and six CMA B-Block licenses — will be reserved for a later re-auction (Auction No. 76).

As for the nationwide D-Block license (10 MHz of spectrum reserved for a public-private partnership), the fate of this novel concept is still unknown and the Commission will presumably revisit its D-Block rules and/or reduce the reserve price of $1.3 billion before a re-auction is scheduled. The D-Block received only a single bid of $472 million in the first round of the auction.

The FCC anticipates releasing a Public Notice within the next few days to provide official notification to winning bidders, to specify deadlines for down payment and long form filings, and to explain other post-auction procedures. Long-form applications for Auction No. 73 must be filed electronically, and will be due within ten business days of the post-auction Public Notice.

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

FCC Stays Phase II, E911 Location Accuracy Rules Until March 11, 2009

The FCC has stayed the September 11, 2008, date for licensees subject to its Phase II Enhanced 911 (E911) location accuracy rules to meet the relevant testing and measurement standards for wireless location accuracy in each Economic Area (EA) in which the carrier operates. The new compliance date is March 11, 2009.

The FCC noted that several parties filed motions or petitions seeking a stay pending judicial review of the rule in this PS Docket No. 07-114 proceeding (BloostonLaw Telecom Update November 28, 2007). In particular, the Commission said, AT&T complained that the five-month delay in releasing and publishing the rule “render[ed] it all but impossible to secure judicial review . . . prior to the September 11, 2008, effective date of the first benchmark.” In light of the delay identified by AT&T, the FCC said it believed that it would be equitable to stay the initial EA-level deadline for six months.

In its November 2007 Report and Order clarifying that wireless carriers must meet the Phase II, E911 location accuracy requirements at the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) service-area level, the FCC required carriers to meet interim, annual benchmarks over the next five years in order to ensure that they achieve PSAP-level compliance no later than September 11, 2012. These annual benchmarks include interim progress reports, as well as requirements to measure the Commission’s accuracy requirements on progressively smaller geographic levels until the PSAP-level is met. This includes:

(1) Fulfilling the Commission’s location accuracy requirements within each Economic Area (EA) in which a carrier operates NOW by March 11, 2009, instead of September 11, 2008;

(2) Filing a report with the FCC describing the status of the carrier’s efforts to comply with the rules by September 11, 2009;

(3) By September 11, 2010, each carrier subject to the rule must (a) satisfy the location accuracy requirements within each Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and Rural Service Area (RSA) in which that carrier operates; (b) demonstrate PSAP-level compliance within at least 75% of the PSAPs the carrier serves; and (c) demonstrate accuracy in all PSAP service areas within at least 50% of the applicable location accuracy standard (in other words, a carrier subject to the accuracy standard for handset-based technologies in Section 20.18(h)(2), which is 50 meters for 67% of calls, must achieve location accuracy of 75 meters for 67% of calls in all PSAPs in order to comply with this requirement);

(4) By September 11, 2011, each carrier subject to the rule must file with the Commission a report describing the status of its ongoing efforts to comply with the requirement; and

(5) By September 11, 2012, each carrier must demonstrate full compliance.

In a separate statement, FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, said: “The release of a bureau-level order ... to stay the September 11, 2008, E911 location accuracy compliance deadline adopted in the Report and Order in this proceeding serves as proof positive of the failure to get these rules right the first time. As I stated then, I am concerned that the majority’s insistence on plowing forward with compliance benchmarks without a full record, rather than conducting this proceeding in a more thoughtful and deliberate manner, does not truly advance E911. Instead, we find the advancement of our public’s safety entangled in legal uncertainties. [This] action by the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau is nothing more than a temporary band aid that does not cure the underlying deficiencies embedded in the Report and Order.”

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


FCC EXTENDS REPLY DATE FOR POLE ATTACHMENT NPRM: The FCC has extended the reply comment deadline for its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on pole attachments (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, February 13). The new reply deadline in this WC Docket No. 07-245 proceeding is April 22. In the NPRM, the FCC seeks comment on whether to amend its rules governing pole attachments, which are designed to ensure the attachment of facilities of cable television systems and telecommunications carriers to utility poles, ducts, conduits, or rights of way at just and reasonable rates, terms, and conditions. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC FINES COMMUNICATIONS OPTIONS INC. FOR FAILING TO MAINTAIN RECORDS: The FCC has assessed a monetary forfeiture of $65,000 against Communications Options Inc. (COI) for failing to maintain records and documentation to justify information reported in its Telecommunications Reporting Worksheets (FCC Form 499-A). The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) received information in March 2005 alleging that COI was not reporting revenues collected from pre-subscribed inter-exchange carrier charges (PICCs) or end user common line charges (EUCLs), and sent COI a letter of inquiry. COI failed to respond to the letter of inquiry or to a subsequent FCC Enforcement Bureau Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) in a timely manner. As a result, the FCC determined that a $65,000 fine is warranted. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

HIGH COURT WILL REVIEW FCC’s RULE BANNING PROFANITY ON AIRWAVES: The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the FCC’s appeal in FCC v. Fox Television Stations, et al. The Commission is appealing the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down the agency’s determination to discipline broadcasters for a single use of a four-letter word, instead of adhering to its long-standing policy of ignoring such isolated incidents. The case arose after the FCC reprimanded Fox for incidents in 2002 and 2003, when Cher and Nicole Richie used variations of a vulgar four-letter word during live award shows. The 2nd Circuit concluded that the FCC’s policy was ’arbitrary and capricious” under the Administrative Procedure Act because it failed to give a reasoned basis for its change in policy. The FCC appealed. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

CTIA SEEKS EXTENSION OF TIME IN JOINT BOARD USF REFORM PROCEEDING: CTIA-The Wireless Association has asked the FCC to extend the comment cycle for the three Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) issued earlier this year to address the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service’s recommendations on high-cost Universal Service Fund (USF) reform in the WC Docket No. 05-337 proceeding (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, January 30, February 6, February 13, and March 5). Comments are due April 3, and replies are due May 5. CTIA is asking for a 14-day extension, in which case comments would be due April 17, and replies would be due May 19. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC BANS EXCLUSIVE CONTRACTS FOR TELECOM SERVICES IN APARTMENT BUILDINGS: At its open meeting today, the FCC banned carriers from entering into exclusive contracts to provide telecommunications services in residential apartment buildings, and prohibited enforcement of existing contracts that contain exclusivity provisions. The Commission found that these exclusive agreements between carriers and building owners hurt consumers and harm competition, with little evidence of countervailing benefits. Moreover, exclusive contracts have blocked access by consumers to competitive and popular “triple-play” offerings of voice, video and broadband, the FCC said. The Commission said its action is consistent with its previous moves to expand competition for communications services in apartment buildings and other multiple tenant environments, or MTEs. In 2007, the Commission banned exclusive deals for video services in residential apartment buildings, and in 2000, the Commission prohibited exclusive contracts for telecommunications services in commercial MTEs. Today’s order provides regulatory parity between telecommunications and video service providers in the increasingly competitive market for bundled services. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

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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. 12 March 26, 2008   

D Block “De-linked” From Auction No. 73

The FCC has “de-linked” the unsold D Block private/ public partnership license from Auction No. 73 and determined that this license will not be re-offered in Auction No. 76. (Auction 76, in fact, will not be conducted—see separate story on this page.)

The 700 MHz Public Safety/Private Partnership was designed to achieve the public policy goal of helping to solve public safety’s interoperability problems and allow police, fire, and other first responders to better communicate with one another in times of emergency.

But the 10 MHz D Block license drew only a single $472 million bid from Qualcomm, which did not meet the FCC’s $1.3 billion reserve price.

Further, Frontline Wireless, which was expected to bid on the D Block, did not participate in the auction at all because it was unable to secure financing to make its upfront payment (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, January 9).

The FCC will now consider its options with respect to the D Block.

As Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein put it in a separate statement: “As we approach reworking the rules for this critical spectrum, we must keep the needs of public safety foremost in our priorities. We need to coordinate with members of Congress, who worked long and hard to craft this digital television transition specifically to provide public safety with urgently needed spectrum. I am hopeful we can build on the tragic lessons of the last auction to make it work for public safety in the next.”

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

AT OUR DEADLINE: RCR and Reuters report that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has stayed the FCC’s Phase II, E911 location accuracy rules. In granting the motions for stay filed by T-Mobile and the Rural Cellular Association, the Court said it need not reach the substantive issues because of the FCC order’s procedural irregularities. The FCC recently stayed the rules until March 11, 2009 (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, March 19).

FCC Announces Auction 73 Winners; Down Payments, Forms 601, 602 Due April 3

The FCC last week released its Auction No. 73 closing Public Notice, identifying winning bidders and noting that there were 1,090 provisionally winning bids covering 1,091 licenses and totaling $19,592,420,000. The Commission conducted Auction 73 using procedures for anonymous bidding, package bidding for select licenses, and block-specific aggregate reserve prices. The provisionally winning bids for the A, B, C, and E Block licenses exceeded the aggregate reserve prices for those blocks. The provisionally winning bid for the D Block license, however, did not meet the applicable reserve price and thus did not become a winning bid (see separate story on this page).

Accordingly, Auction 73 raised a total of $19,120,378,000 in gross winning bids and $18,957,582,150 in net winning bids (reflecting bidders’ claimed bidding credit eligibility). In total, 101 winning bidders won a total of 1,090 licenses.

Based on the results of Auction 73, the FCC said, the contingent, subsequent auction designated as Auction 76 is not necessary with respect to licenses for the A, B, C, and E Blocks. In addition, as directed by the Commission, the D Block license will not be re-offered immediately in Auction 76. Accordingly, Auction 76 will not be conducted. Since Auction 76 will not be held, the anti-collusion rule period ends at 6:00 p.m. ET on April 3, 2008.

By 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on April 3, 2008, winning bidders in Auction 73 must have on deposit with Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, enough funds to cover down payments on winning bids. Specifically, each winning bidder’s total deposit must be 20% of the net amount of its winning bids. If a winning bidder’s upfront payment is not sufficient to meet this requirement, the winning bidder must deposit additional funds to meet its required down payment. Note: All payments must be via wire transfer.

Each winning bidder will be required to submit the balance of the net amount of its winning bids by April 17, 2008. All winning bidders, including those winning bidders that apply for a tribal lands bidding credit, must pay the full amount by 6:00 p.m. ET on April 17, 2008, (or by 6:00 p.m. ET on May 1, 2008, along with the 5% late fee required by Section 1.2109(a) of the Commission’s rules). Full and timely payment of winning bids and any applicable late fees must be made in accordance with Section 1.2109(a) of the Commission’s rules and must occur before action will be taken upon a winning bidder’s long-form application (FCC Form 601). Specifically, licenses will be granted only after the full and timely payment of winning bids and any applicable late fees, in accordance with Section 1.2109(a).

Wire transfers of final payments must be received by Mellon Bank by 6:00 p.m. ET on April 17, 2008, (or by 6:00 p.m. ET on May 1, 2008, along with the five percent late fee required by Section 1.2109(a) of the Commission’s rules). A winning bidder should coordinate with its financial institution ahead of time regarding its wire transfer and allow sufficient time for the wire transfer to be initiated and completed prior to the deadline.

Prior to 6:00 p.m. ET on April 3, 2008, each winning bidder must submit electronically a properly completed long-form application (FCC Form 601) for all licenses for which it was the winning bidder in Auction 73, and a current FCC Form 602 reporting the applicant’s complete and accurate ownership information.

Because of the complexity of the long-form (Form 601) and ownership application (Form 602), clients should refer to the FCC’s Public Notice and consult with counsel.

Auction Notes: Verizon Wireless and AT&T Wireless together accounted for 80% of the bids made (approximately $16 billion of the $19.6 billion) in Auction 73. Google, which did not win any licenses, was nevertheless pleased that the auction resulted in the mandatory use of the FCC’s “open access” rule. Generally, this “wireless Carterfone” rule allows users to bring their own devices to the C Block spectrum.

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said that “a bidder other than a nationwide incumbent won a license in every market. As a result of the 700 MHz Auction, there is the potential for an additional wireless ‘third-pipe’ in every market across the nation. Additionally, 99 bidders, other than the nationwide wireless incumbents, won 754 licenses – representing approximately 69 percent of the 1090 licenses sold in the 700 MHz auction. The Auction therefore drew wide-ranging interest from a number of new players. For example, Frontier Wireless LLC (EchoStar), which is widely viewed as a new entrant, won 168 licenses in the E block to establish a near nationwide footprint for its services for consumers.”

The Chairman added that “non-nationwide incumbents showed significant interest in rural areas as well. 75 new players won licenses to serve 305 rural areas of the country (428 Rural Service Area licenses in total). Winners in these markets will provide increased access to broadband and greater choice in wireless service for consumers living in rural areas.”

But Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein noted that “preliminary FCC data regarding winning bidders in the 700 MHz auction indicated that, based on self-reporting, women-owned bidders failed to win any licenses and minority-owned bidders won less than 1% of licenses (7 of 1,090 licenses, or .064%), despite the fact that women constitute over half the U.S. population and minorities around one-third of the U.S. population.”

He said, “Here we had an enormous opportunity to open the airwaves to a new generation that reflects the diversity of America, and instead we just made a bad situation even worse. This gives whole new meaning to “white spaces” in the spectrum.”

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


FCC MODIFIES PCS, AWS POWER LIMIT RULES: The FCC has modified its rules governing Broadband Personal Communications Services (PCS) and Advanced Wireless Services (AWS-1) to permit the use of a power spectral density model (PSD) when measuring and calculating emissions and power limits. This action is consistent with the FCC’s April 2007 decision to allow a PSD model in the commercial services portions of the 700 MHz Band. The FCC said the new rule changes offer greater flexibility to PCS and AWS-1 operators, are more technologically neutral, and will better accommodate broadband technologies. The Commission added that the PSD model also has the potential to reduce network infrastructure costs, thus enabling providers to offer enhanced wireless broadband services, including to consumers living in rural America. The existing PCS and AWS-1 rules measure radiated power in terms of watts per emission and limit power output regardless of bandwidth size. In the PSD model, radiated power levels are calculated on a watts-per-megahertz basis when operating with greater than one megahertz of bandwidth. In addition, the FCC said, under the existing rules, power levels are measured using peak values, while under the new rules, power levels may now be measured using average values. The Commission said this is a more practical way to measure power levels and will accommodate new wireless technologies that produce emissions with sub-microsecond power spikes. In order to prevent interference that may occur from measuring average power levels, the FCC adopted a peak-to-average ratio limit of 13 dB. In the Order, the FCC declined to adopt a proposal to double the base station effective isotropic radiated power limits for PCS and AWS-1 licensees. This proposal raised significant concerns regarding potential harmful interference to operators in adjacent spectrum bands. The FCC also declined to change radiated power limit rules for other services besides PCS and AWS-1 at this time.

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

FCC REVISES METHODOLGY FOR COLLECTING BROADBAND DATA: The FCC, at last week’s open meeting, adopted an order to increase the precision and quality of broadband subscribership data collected every six months from broadband services providers in FCC Form 477 (Local Competition and Broadband Reporting Form) that is included in the Commission’s annual Communications Act Section 706 Report. Improvements include collecting detailed subscribership information on a local level and more detailed information about the speed of broadband service. Specifically, the Order will:

  • Expand the number of broadband reporting speed tiers to capture more precise information about upload and download broadband speeds in the marketplace
  • Require broadband providers to report numbers of broadband subscribers by Census Tract, broken down by speed tier and technology type
  • Improve the accuracy of information the Commission gathers about mobile wireless broadband deployment.

Also, in a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), the FCC seeks comment on broadband service pricing and availability. Separately, the FCC adopted a report showing that broadband services are currently being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion. The Fifth Report to Congress on broadband deployment under Section 706 found that there have been considerable changes and advances in the delivery of broadband-based services and applications since the Fourth Report.

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

FCC ANNOUNCES “CLOSED” AUCTION 77, SCHEDULED TO BEGIN JUNE 17: The FCC has announced Auction No. 77, a closed auction of licenses to provide cellular service in two different unserved areas scheduled to commence on June 17, 2008. The spectrum to be auctioned is the subject of two groups of pending mutually exclusive long-form applications on FCC Form 601 for unserved area licenses in the Cellular Radiotelephone Service. Participation in Auction 77 will be limited to Chama Wireless and E.N.M.R. Telephone Cooperative (Channel Block A), and Keystone Wireless and Verizon Wireless (Channel Block B). The winning bidder in each group will be licensed to serve only the unserved area proposed in its long-form application(s) for that MX Group. In Channel Block A, ENMR has filed two applications that propose different Cellular Geographic Service Areas (CGSAs). ENMR was required by the Commission’s rules to file two separate applications for these CGSAs. Because ENMR’s applications are not mutually exclusive with each other, but each of these applications is mutually exclusive with the competing applicant in the MX Group, if ENMR qualifies to bid in the auction, it will submit one bid for the opportunity to have both of its applications processed in the event that it is the winning bidder in Channel Block A. The FCC also requests comment on competitive bidding procedures for Auction 77. Comments in this AU Docket No. 08-32 proceeding are due April 4, and replies are due April 11.

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

NTIA RELEASES FEDERAL STRATEGIC SPECTRUM PLAN: The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today released a comprehensive report on the use of the nation’s airwaves used by the U.S. federal government, based on submissions of spectrum plans from 15 Federal agencies. The report titled, The Federal Strategic Spectrum Plan, is a key component of President Bush’s 21st Century Spectrum Policy Initiative for improving the management of spectrum by federal agencies. “The plan provides transparency on how the federal government uses the nation’s airwaves and provides the framework for the National Spectrum Plan to be completed with the Federal Communications Commission,” said Acting Assistant Secretary Meredith Baker. The report provides extensive data on federal spectrum use and plans, including frequency bands, radio-communication services, and spectrum-dependent systems. Among several recommendations provided in the report, federal agencies should over the next five years:

(1) use commercial services where feasible;

(2) implement “smart” radio technologies to improve more dynamic access to needed frequencies, wherever and whenever needed;

(3) work with NTIA on identifying economic and other incentives to promote more efficient use of spectrum;

(4) facilitate sharing among federal users and between federal and non-federal users;

(5) improve interoperability among public safety agencies; and

(6) ensure spectrum support for continuity of government operations.

Within the five-year timeframe, NTIA will upgrade the federal spectrum management system; consider possible user fees for federal use of spectrum; develop improved interference models for optimizing spectrum use; implement methods to better forecast future requirements; and continue to promote interagency and federal/private sector coordination. The plan was formulated using the agency-specific strategic spectrum plans from 15 agencies: the Departments of Agriculture; Commerce; Defense; Energy; Homeland Security; Interior; Justice; State; Transportation; Treasury; and Veterans Affairs; the United States Postal Service; the Broadcasting Board of Governors; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and the National Science Foundation.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky and John Prendergast.

Source: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy and Prendergast, LLP
For additional information, contact Hal Mordkofsky at 202-828-5520 or

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The European Mobile Messaging Association

A Global Wireless Messaging Association

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

Blue Palace Brochure

Registration Form

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

Visit the EMMA web site left arrow CLICK HERE

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Fire Department receives $18,747 grant for installation of back-up paging system

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Galena Fire Department recently received an $18,747 grant to install a back-up paging system.

The grant fund was created in 2002 after the Illinois Supreme Court found a telecommunications tax unconstitutional.

Municipalities that imposed the Telecommunications Infrastructure Maintenance Fee were required to pay 70 percent of their revenue from the tax into a fund, 60 percent of which had to be paid out to 911 telecommunications programs.

Galena had a fund of $22,868.12 to be paid out. The department received a bid of $18,747 to install the paging equipment and asked for a grant to cover the cost.

The new system was installed earlier this month. It replaces a system that was about 30 years old.


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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.

Nighthawk Systems, Inc.
10715 Gulfdale, Suite 200
San Antonio, TX 78216

Phone: 877-764-4484
Fax: 210-341-2011

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Pagers have been in the news a lot lately. Mostly because the mayor of Detroit got himself into a difficult situation when the messages he sent from his SkyTel two-way pager didn't agree with what he had testified in court—under oath. He was surely surprised when he learned that all the messages sent and received on the pager—supplied to him by the City of Detroit—had been recorded. He was back in court again this week—charged with multiple felonies.

This is a unique feature that SkyTel offers to their clients. They call it Message Archiving. Following is a clip from SkyTel's web site:

SkyTel's Message Archiving service allows you to save a record of all 1Way and 2Way messages, and store them for future reference as needed.

When you sign up for Message Archiving, every message sent over the SkyTel network by any 1Way or 2Way PIN on the your account is recorded, including:

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I thought almost everyone knew that all our messages are being recorded. In fact so is all of our speech, and even our thoughts—by our Creator.

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