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AAPC Wireless Messaging News

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FRIDAY - OCTOBER 2, 2009 - ISSUE NO. 378

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

I told you so!

About — Critical Messaging!

I really hate to say, "I told you so" but I did. People just don't understand that telephone systems—both wireline and mobile phone (cellular) are a shared resource and are designed to serve a small fraction of the total users at one time. Engineers design these systems to operate at a certain GOS or grade of service at the "busy hour." That basically means that the system will handle calls from a certain (small) percentage of users at the busiest hour—whenever that is—and everyone else who tries to make a call will get a busy tone, or in a more extreme case, no dial tone.

Let me put it this way, if everyone connected to the same telephone central office picks up their telephone to make a call at the same time, the whole system will probably crash and no one will be able to talk. A similar thing happens in a cell-phone system.

So in any emergency, the first thing (hopefully) is a warning to everyone who could be affected. Then everyone wants to call friends and loved ones to see if they are safe. Then more calls about rescue and recovery, etc.

In Australia:

Lots of people die needlessly in Australian brush fires. Down under they rely on "a national system which delivers warnings to landlines and mobile phones..." This is a shame in a country that led the world in Alphanumeric Paging implementation.

In New Zealand:

The failure of a tsunami text alert system yesterday has seen Horizons Regional Council dump the warning service.

About 400 people received a text nearly three hours after yesterday's tsunami was due to hit the region's shores.

A news article follows: "Tsunami text warning fails."

Any communication system that tries to send an individual message, or tries to communicate with, a large number of users at the same time will "choke." (Become overwhelmed.) Any system that is, except paging! Why? Because paging systems have the unique ability to send one common message to everyone on the system at the same time. It's almost instantaneous!

pagerman I am sorry if I sound like a broken record sometimes in this newsletter, but people are losing their lives because of this mistaken idea that paging technology is obsolete. If you would like to review the details of why paging is the best way to alert many people in the time of crises, just click on PagerMan.

In the USA:

It is certainly no different here in the USA where we didn't learn the lesson after the communication breakdowns during 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.

Sometimes I feel like an Old Testament prophet, "crying out in the wilderness" and no one is listening.

Now on to more news and views.

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


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AT&T, TerreStar Launch Satellite Phone

Wednesday September 30, 2009

genus AT&T and TerreStar on Wednesday jointly launched the Genus, a Windows Mobile smartphone that will connect to AT&T's network, and, when out of range, can connect to the TerreStar satellite network.

The phone looks virtually identical to the Electrobit reference design that debuted in April, which is based on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and a 2.6-inch 320-by-240 touchscreen.

One caveat, however: although our earlier story claims that the phone does not need an external antenna, that's not totally true: if you're traveling outside the continental 48 states, you will. The coverage area also formally includes Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Genus will launch in the first quarter of 2010 for an unspecified amount for enterprise and government customers. A consumer version is also planned, to launch sometime later in the future.

TerreStar successfully completed in-orbit testing on its TerreStar-1 satellite in mid-August, and is currently completing its integration with its ground-based beam forming system and its IP network. That also implies that the satellite capabilities won't work on the other side of the globe in China, for example.

AT&T said that its monthly invoice will include the customer's cellular voice and data service charges, the satellite network access subscription feature charge and the satellite voice and data roaming charges.

The phone will use GSM/EDGE/WCDMA/HSDPA. In conjunction with Windows Mobile, users will have 100 Mbytes of memory available, with microSD support for additional storage. Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and vanilla GPS. There are also some interesting extras: a light sensor, a 2.5-mm stereo headphone jack, a SIM connector, and a 3.0-Mpixel camera. Finally, TerreStar claims that the phone will include a VOIP app, an interesting addition.

Potential customers should be warned that using the satellite capabilities to place calls will have a disastrous effect on battery life, however: talk time will be up to 5 hours using GSM, but only 1.3 hours via satellite. Likewise, standby times will be between 150 to 170 hours with GSM, and between 34 to 40 hours with satellite. Presumably, there's an option to turn the satellite radio off when not in use.


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Report rips Huberman's oversight of contracts

Inspector general says 'management failure' cost city $2.25 million

October 2, 2009
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter


Chicago schools chief Ron Huberman — Mayor Daley's former corruption-fighting chief of staff — is being accused of a "significant management failure" that set the stage for alleged contract irregularities at the city's 911 center that cost taxpayers $2.25 million.

In an explosive new report, the city inspector general's office characterizes Huberman as so derelict in the oversight of a contract with Motorola while he was executive director of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications that he should be suspended if he still worked for the city.

Ron Huberman admitted that while he was at OEMC, he should have reviewed a Motorola contract more carefully.
(Sun-Times file)

Adrienne Hiegel, Huberman's top deputy at OEMC in 2005, was accused of "altering documents" and failing to follow the city's procurement procedures.

If Hiegel still worked for the city — instead of as a Huberman underling at the Board of Education — she should be fired, the 38-page report states.

At issue are the March 2005 signatures of Huberman and Hiegel on a voucher for 18,000 radio accessories supposedly delivered by Motorola. Only after they signed on the dotted line was the company paid the $2.25 million. It was the largest of 130 vouchers that Huberman signed during his 13-month stint at OEMC.

In fact, no such radio accessories were ever delivered by Motorola, nor did the city need them.

It was all a scheme — allegedly engineered by OEMC's first deputy Jim Argiropoulos — that culminated in the falsification of documents to expedite the purchase of a new 911 dispatch console system from Motorola.

Chicago taxpayers have yet to receive anything for their money. The new console system that Argiropoulos portrayed after a 2004 system failure as a matter of life-and-death has yet to be delivered.

The inspector general's report accuses Huberman of a "significant management failure to supervise" the Motorola contract.

"The evidence does not support that Huberman knew that the paperwork submitted to the Finance Department was false," the report states. "Huberman's involvement appears to have been limited to his failure to review the details of one purchase voucher."

Hiegel did not get off so easily. The report accuses her of directing underlings to "work backwards to get to $2.25 million — the cost of developing the Motorola software— by using 18,000 radio parts to add up to" the same amount.

Hiegel could not be reached for comment. Huberman issued a prepared statement saying he was "disappointed" to learn after reading the IG report that "a few" of his OEMC underlings "failed to follow the procurement process."

"I regret that this misconduct occurred during my tenure," he said. "My involvement was the signing of one purchase voucher. As a [public official] who has always made it a priority to ensure that all policies and procedures are followed, I should have reviewed the document in question more carefully."

The Chicago Sun-Times reported earlier this week that the inspector general's report recommends Argiropoulos be fired.

The report marks the first major detour in Huberman's meteoric rise as Daley's go-to guy — from Chicago police officer to 911 center chief to Daley's chief of staff.

Huberman also served as CTA president before being appointed schools CEO earlier this year to replace U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Hiegel has followed Huberman virtually every step of the way — and Huberman was silent on her role in the contract and her future.


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ICANN freed from U.S. government oversight

Sep 30, 2009 2:18 pm
by Grant Gross
IDG News Service

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has reached a new agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce allowing the nonprofit greater independence, while giving more countries oversight of the organization.

The new agreement, called an Affirmation of Commitments, sets up reviews of ICANN's performance every three years, with members of ICANN advisory committees, the Department of Commerce (DOC), independent experts and others serving on the review teams.

The DOC will continue to be involved in ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee, but the new agreement recognizes ICANN as a global "private-sector led organization."

The new agreement is a "huge moment not just for ICANN but for the Internet," said Paul Levins, vice president at ICANN. "This really vital resource was being overseen by one government."

The U.S. government will have "one seat at the table" for the three-year reviews, ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom said in a video on the organization's site. "What it really means is we're going global," he said. "All the reviews and all the work done will be submitted for public comment to the world. But there's no separate or unique or separate reporting to the United States government. All the reporting is to the world; that's the real change."

The new agreement was announced Wednesday, the same day that an 11-year series of memorandums of understanding between ICANN and the DOC expired.

The new agreement won praise from critics who have complained that the U.S. government has had too much control over ICANN, which manages the Internet's DNS (domain name system). The new agreement should allow ICANN to become more open and accountable to users worldwide, said Viviane Reding, the European Union's commissioner for information society and media.

The new agreement ends "unilateral" review of ICANN by the DOC and sets up independent review panels, she said in a statement.

"I welcome the U.S. administration's decision to adapt ICANN's key role in internet governance to the reality of the 21st century and of a globalized world," Reding said in her statement. "If effectively and transparently implemented, this reform can find broad acceptance among civil society, businesses and governments alike."

The challenge, she said, will be to make ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee more effective, as it has a major role in appointing the review panels. "Independence and accountability for ICANN now look much better on paper," she said. "Let's work together to ensure that they also work in practice."

The new agreement commits ICANN to a "multi-stakeholder, private sector led, bottom-up policy development model for DNS technical coordination." It also requires ICANN to "adhere to transparent and accountable budgeting processes, fact-based policy development, cross-community deliberations, and responsive consultation procedures that provide detailed explanations of the basis for decisions."

ICANN will publish annual reports that measure the organization's progress and it will provide a "thorough and reasoned explanation of decisions taken, the rationale thereof and the sources of data and information" on which it relied.

While the expiration of the old agreement with the DOC "threatened to open an accountability gap" for ICANN, the new agreement should resolve that concern, added Steve DelBianco, executive director of e-commerce trade group NetChoice.

"The Commerce Department has crafted an arrangement here that delivers what the global Internet community has clamored for: permanent accountability mechanisms to guide ICANN in the post-transition world," he said. "These reviews should help ICANN stay focused on security, choice and consumer trust, with an added emphasis on interests of global Internet users—especially those who can't yet use their native language in domain names or e-mail addresses."

The new agreement addresses an issue that's been missing at ICANN, "a balanced way to bring all governments into the oversight process alongside private sector stakeholders, with a sharpened focus on security and serving global internet users," he added.

The Internet Society, a nonprofit organization focused Internet-related standards, education, and policy, also praised the new agreement, saying it emphasizes ICANN's obligation to "act in the public interest as the steward of a vital shared global resource."

The new agreement doesn't change the DOC's contract with ICANN to perform the functions of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), which is responsible for the global coordination of the DNS Root, IP addressing, and other Internet protocol resources.

The DOC, in the new agreement, also doesn't endorse ICANN's efforts to allow an unlimited number of new generic top-level domains, such as .food or .basketball. The controversial plan has met resistance from trademark owners, who say they'd have to register for dozens of new Web sites to protect their brands.

"Nothing in this document is an expression of support by DOC of any specific plan or proposal for the implementation of new generic top level domain names or is an expression by DOC of a view that the potential consumer benefits of new gTLDs outweigh the potential costs," the new agreement said.


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Newton Veteran Returns to Apple . . . to Market New Tablet?

Ian Paul
Sep 29, 2009 7:38 am

If you were hoping for more circumstantial evidence the Apple tablet is real, today you're getting your wish. Michael Tchao, one of the leading proponents of Apple's failed Newton platform, returned to 1 Infinite Loop on Monday, according to The New York Times. No one knows what Tchao's actual duties are, but considering his previous experience with the tablet format, some are speculating Tchao may be back to help Apple figure out a way to market its mythical tablet.


Tchao's new title at Apple is vice president of product marketing, and he reports directly to Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide product marketing. Before rejoining Apple, Tchao was working as the General Manager Nike's Techlab, which developed gear like the Nike Plus lineup that tracks your workout statistics and stores that information on selected Apple iPod models.

Tchao and the Newton
Before there was an iPhone or even a Palm Pilot, there was Apple's Newton. In 1993, during Apple's dark ages (read: no Steve Jobs), the company launched a handheld digital organizer called the MessagePad. The device ran a specialized operating system called Newton, and did almost everything a personal digital assistant (PDA) can do today, including note-taking, contact management, e-mail, beaming, wireless connectivity (via a wireless pager card), and desktop syncing.

apple newton Apple produced eight MessagePad devices, and also licensed the Newton OS for use on third-party units. But the Newton concept never really caught on, and by 1998 Newton was one of several product lines terminated by returning CEO Steve Jobs.

Michael Tchao was part of a team of Apple executives and engineers behind the Newton project. He is said to be responsible for convincing former Apple CEO John Sculley to approve Newton after Apple's research and development department said no to the project. Tchao left Apple in 1994, a year after Newton launched.

Today's Apple Tablet
On the one hand, it may make sense for Tchao to come back to Apple to help the company market its newest tablet device. Tchao has experience with the tablet format, and he has had time to reflect on what went wrong with Newton. Then again, there is a huge difference between Tchao's Newton and the supposed specs of the new Apple tablet. The Newton platform was geared toward business users, and nothing in the rumor mill suggests the mythical Apple tablet will be aimed at enterprise users the way the equally mythical Microsoft Courier might be.

Considering Tchao's most recent experience with Nike Plus, it seems more likely he will be focused on iPod devices. Then again, one popular myth is that the Apple tablet is just a bigger iPod Touch. So maybe Tchao's Newton experiment combined with his iPod experience is just what Apple needs to launch a tablet.

It's impossible to know for sure what Tchao is up to at Cupertino, but if you were looking for more reasons to believe in the Apple tablet's existence, then I guess today's your lucky day.


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Beeper keepers

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Last Updated: 3:05 AM, September 29, 2009
Posted: 1:03 AM, September 29, 2009

In the age of the BlackBerry, are doctors the last-standing patrons of the pager? Drug dealers long ago shed the antiquated devices for PDAs, so why are members of the medical community still holding on tight to their little black boxes?

“Our industry is what you would call a melting iceberg,” says Gary Ash, senior vice president of sales for USA Mobility. “But we see a pretty steady base of customers in health care.” Approximately half of USA Mobility’s revenue is rooted in medical sales.

So why the love for this old-school device? Reliability and cost are factors, but many think beepers are just tech comfort food for the medical community’s old guard.

“To them, the pager’s an insulation to not get a bunch of superfluous calls. It’s a protection,” says Michael Bresler, a clinical professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Added bonus: There’s no such thing as beeper thumb syndrome.

Motorola, which introduced the commercial pager in the ’70s, discontinued production in 2002. Many shops have stopped selling beepers.

But while the “youngsters” in the field have started slowly bringing in their BlackBerries, many doctors are resisting — saying they like their old devices just fine, thank you very much.

Plus, there’s also the matter of bedside etiquette in hospitals. “If the beeper goes off, the doctor will silence it, but they are always sneaking a peek at their BlackBerrys,” says Janice Powers, a nurse in a Connecticut hospital. Looks like even physicians are unable to resist the temptation of a CrackBerry.

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

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

[Portions reproduced here with the firm's permission.]

   Vol. 12, No. 33 x September 23, 2009   

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Comments on Stimulus Applications Due Oct. 28

On Monday, September 28, the filing window for incumbent carrier comments on broadband stimulus funding applications opened. During the 30-day comment period, affected incumbent carriers have the opportunity to supply the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) with information about the broadband services they are currently pro-viding in areas, which may overlap the funding areas proposed by stimulus applicants. The agencies are relying on this process to weed out applications that propose service areas which already enjoy the mini-mum definitional requirements for broadband access as set forth in the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) of July 9, 2009. The filing window will remain open until October 28, 2009.

Until that date, the public is able to access the agencies’ application map database to view the areas applicants are proposing to serve if they are granted stimulus funds. It is not necessary to have applied for stimulus funding in order to file comments, nor is there any indication that applicants are restricted from responding. However, only incumbent carriers are invited to comment on the applications. There are several criteria under which applicants can meet the minimum statutory requirements to receive funding, and there are many factors carriers should consider before filing a response. To this end, BloostonLaw has prepared a questionnaire to help clients develop the kind of information which should be prepared in order to make the response filing.

Carriers who believe stimulus applicants may have applied for funding in their service areas should waste no time in beginning the response process. Identifying applications to respond to is a deceptively arduous task, and each application must be responded to individually. BloostonLaw contacts: Mary Sisak, 202-828-5554; John Prendergast, 202-828-5540; and Gerry Duffy, 202-828-5528.


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  • FCC seeks comment on broadband deployment, adoption on tribal lands.
  • Comment sought on spectrum for broadband.
  • FCC seeks comment regarding customer authentication provisions of CPNI rules.
  • FCC sets comment cycle for proposal to change BRS construction deadline.

FCC Seeks Comment On Broadband Deployment, Adoption On Tribal Lands

As part of its National Broadband Plan (NBP), the FCC has released a Public Notice, seeking comment on identifying and remedying barriers to broadband deployment and adoption on Tribal lands. Our rural telco clients providing broadband services to Tribal lands, or en-countering problems in doing so, will want to file comments in this proceeding.

An initial problem in addressing these issues is the cur-rent lack of data on the extent of broadband deployment and adoption on Tribal lands. The Commission acknowledged this lack of data in two related proceedings earlier this year – the Rural Broadband Report and the Section 706 Sixth Report NOI. The limited data from the 2007 Current Population Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau regarding adoption indicates that American Indian/Alaskan Native households have a nationwide broadband subscription rate of at most 30 percent, by far the lowest subscription rate among any ethnic group identified. Moreover, broadband subscription rates are substantially lower in rural areas.

In recently filed Joint Comments, Native Public Media (NPM), an organization promoting radio broadcasting and media ownership by Native communities, and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the largest national organization representing federally recognized Tribal government entities, estimate that “Tribal penetration [of broadband deployment ] hovers some-where around five percent (5%).”

Request for Quantitative Data. The Commission there-fore requests that all parties submit any quantitative data, studies or analyses regarding the current extent of broadband deployment and adoption on Tribal lands. Such data beyond anecdotal information will better enable the Commission to make specific policy recommendations in the pending NPB for reducing or eliminating barriers to broadband deployment and adoption in Indian country.

The Commission makes this data request and issues this Public Notice fully cognizant of the political sovereignty of the Tribes and of their rights to govern their own affairs within their own borders, as well as of “the unique legal [and trust] relationship that exists between the federal government and Indian Tribal governments, as reflected in the Constitution of the United States, treaties, federal statutes, Executive Orders, and numerous court decisions.”

Broadband Deployment in Indian Country. The FCC says it understands that the low broadband subscription rates in Indian Country can be correlated with the rural nature of many of these Tribal lands and the lack of adequate broadband deployment. As NPM and NCAI note in their Joint Comments “[t]o put the population density is-sue into perspective, the United States as a whole consists of 3.79 million square miles with a population of ap-proximately 307 million people, or 81 people per square mile. Most Tribal Nations have population densities far lower than that. The Hopi Nation has a population density of 3.1 persons per square mile, the Blackfeet Nation 4.26, and the Devil’s Lake Sioux Nation, 1 person per square mile.”

NPM and NCAI state that low population density equates to higher cost to deploy broadband, which has resulted in Tribal lands being underserved. They note that “Tribes have been unable to encourage meaningful service from outside entities and have been forced to become de facto carriers of last resort. This has been a costly effort for those tribes, but necessary for the provision of basic governmental services. Eight Tribes—out of 563—have had to form their own Tribally owned and operated tele-communications carriers. All eight Tribes that formed their own telecommunications entities have seen dramatic increases in service penetration rates. They average over 85% service gains in their communities (some are at 98% service connection attainment) since the formation of their own telecommunications service.” NPM and NCAI therefore conclude that “if broadband service can be delivered to Tribal lands at an affordable price, broad-band will be adopted.”

The FCC seeks focused comment on the tools and re-sources available to promote broadband deployment in Indian Country, consistent with the realities of the tele-communications marketplace on Tribal lands and the fiduciary trust relationship between the federal government and the Tribes. In particular:

  • Are there specific lessons that can be learned from the build-out of telephone lines to particular Tribal areas that can be applied to the deployment of broadband in Tribal land?
  • Are there specific examples of coordination or cooperation among Tribal, state and local governments in the build-out of telecommunications infrastructure on Tribal lands that could serve as models for the deployment of broadband?
  • What specific actions can the FCC and/or other federal agencies take to encourage or facilitate greater coordination and collaboration between the FCC, other federal agencies and Tribal, state and local governments to promote broadband deployment?

Deployment and Mapping. The FCC has noted “that some state-sponsored and private mapping efforts may not encompass all areas or all providers within a particular state . . . particularly Tribal lands.” Accordingly:

  • What actions, if any, are states taking to include Tribal lands in their broadband mapping efforts?
  • Are there jurisdictional or other reasons why states do not or cannot include the Tribes in their broadband mapping efforts?
  • To what extent can data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Indian Tribal census tracts assist efforts to map broadband deployment and adoption in Indian Country? For example, would the overlay of data compiled by carriers and ISPs with Tribal census tract data provide a clear and accurate view of broadband penetration rates in Indian Country? What specifically are the advantages and limitations of such an approach and how would the overlays be accomplished as a practical matter?

Adoption and Digital Literacy/Education. Digital lite-racy and education are key components of broadband adoption. NPM and the NCAI have noted in their Reply Comments on the NBP NOI “that the Commission cannot create a national broadband plan without emphasizing digital literacy training for areas currently unserved or underserved.” They note that “similar to the transition to digital television, the Commission must provide consumers with a better understanding of how to effectively utilize these new capabilities.” Additionally, the Pew American Home Life Project survey found that 40 percent of those who do not use the Internet “are not interested” or view it as “a waste of time.” Accordingly:

  • What specific tools can the Commission and/or the Tribes utilize to promote digital literacy and education on Tribal lands?
  • Are there specific Tribal facilities which are serving or could serve as training locations, e.g., computing centers, tribe “chapter houses,” schools or libraries?
  • What percent of Tribal community centers, schools, and households are passed today by: a) fixed telephony; b) mobile telephony; c) cable services?

Adoption and Affordability. The Commission recently stated that another demand and sustainability factor is the affordability of broadband services to consumers. This factor may include ongoing subscription costs, computer equipment costs, and the costs of other customer premises equipment necessary to access broadband services. According to the Consumer Federation of America and the Consumers Union, only 15 percent of rural households with annual incomes less than $25,000 have broadband subscriptions, whereas 45 percent of rural households with annual incomes greater than $25,000 have broadband subscriptions. This suggests that the price of service and/or the cost of equipment can be a barrier to broadband adoption and sustainability in certain markets, including in Indian Country. Accordingly:

  • What can public and private entities do to pro-mote broadband adoption? Should they consider programs such as making computers available at a discount to qualifying households or dis-counting monthly service to at-need consumers on Tribal lands?
  • Should programs such as Lifeline/Link Up be made available to assist in reducing the cost of broadband connectivity and service to homes in Indian Country, and if so, how should they be implemented and funded?
  • In the Rural Broadband Report Acting Chairman Copps noted that communities may also want to consider ways to aggregate or consolidate demand as part of developing a strategy for a sustainable broadband network. Participants in this effort could include individual consumers, businesses, educational institutions, health care facilities, and government agencies. Entities that can function as anchor tenants with adequate demand to both spur broadband infrastructure in-vestment and ensure sustainability can function as an integral part of a rural broadband strategy. Accordingly, the FCC seeks comment on whether and how this demand aggregation approach could apply to the Tribes.

The Role of Broadband Service Providers. Qwest has recommended that “the Commission should consider a pilot program to support broadband services for low-income consumers,” presumably including rural and Tri-bal areas. Because of the typically low population density and sometimes difficult terrain of these areas however, other carriers and broadband providers have been reluctant to serve these potential subscribers. Moreover, the political and legal sovereignty of Tribal lands and the need for carriers to understand Tribal jurisdiction and to obtain rights of way over Tribal lands further complicate entry of broadband providers.

Accordingly, the FCC seeks comment on:

  • The practical utility of establishing and promoting pilot programs to support broadband services such as the one proposed by Qwest? What role can or should the Commission play in establish-ing such a pilot or would the pilot be better administered by industry, some other non-governmental entity or via some type of indus-try/consumer advocacy partnership?
  • What actions, if any, can the FCC and/or the Tribes take to facilitate carrier entry into Tribal areas for the purpose of providing affordable and sustainable broadband service?

All comments should refer to GN Docket Nos. 09-47, 09-51, and 09-137. Please title comments responsive to this Notice as “Comments – NBP Public Notice # 5.” Further, the FCC strongly encourages parties to develop responses that adhere to the organization and structure of the questions in this Notice. Comments are due November 9, and replies are due December 9.

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


COMMENT SOUGHT ON SPECTRUM FOR BROAD-BAND: The FCC has released a Public Notice, seeking focused comment on the sufficiency of current spectrum allocations in spectrum bands, including but not limited to the prime spectrum bands below 3.7 GHz, for purposes of the Commission’s development of a National Broad-band Plan (NBP). The FCC notes that the issue has been raised that the United States will not have sufficient spectrum available to meet demands for wireless broad-band in the near future. In this Public Notice, therefore, the FCC seeks additional comment on the fundamental question of whether current spectrum allocations are adequate to support near- and longer-term demands of wireless broadband. The FCC requests that commenters provide detailed, fact-based responses and to the extent possible provide quantitative data and analytical justification for their arguments. The Commission has recently issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on wireless innovation and investment, which asks a number of questions about ways to make more productive use of spectrum. The FCC will review comments in that proceeding in addition to the comments submitted in response to this Public Notice. Questions commenters should address include the following:

(1) What spectrum bands are best positioned to support mobile wireless broadband?
(2) What spectrum bands are best positioned to support fixed wire-less broadband?
(3) What spectrum bands are best positioned to support fixed wireless broadband? And (4) What is the ability of current spectrum allocations to sup-port both the fixed and mobile wireless backhaul market?

Comments in this GN Docket Nos. 09-47, 09-51, 09-137 (NBP Public Notice #6) proceeding are due October 23, and replies are due November 13. Blooston-Law contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

FCC SEEKS COMMENT REGARDING CUSTOMER AUTHENTICATION PROVISIONS OF CPNI RULES: The FCC seeks comment on a petition filed by STi Pre-paid, LLC, asking the Commission to issue a declaratory ruling confirming that telecommunications carriers providing service via prepaid calling cards satisfy the requirement to authenticate a customer under the Commission’s customer proprietary network information (CPNI) rules when the customer can provide the personal identification number (PIN) associated with the long distance ser-vices and related CPNI. In the alternative, STi Prepaid requests that the Commission find good cause to waive its CPNI rules to allow telecommunications carriers pro-viding services through the use of prepaid calling cards to use a customer-provided PIN as authentication of that customer in satisfaction of the Commission’s requirements. The CPNI rules were adopted by the Commission in the EPIC CPNI Report and Order released on April 2, 2007. According to STi Prepaid, given the nature of prepaid long distance services, STi Prepaid does not have sufficient information regarding the consumers us-ing its long distance services to authenticate customer-initiated telephone requests for call detail information, as required by the Commission’s CPNI rules. Comments in this CC Docket Nos. 96-115 and WC Docket No. 04-36 proceeding are due October 26, and replies are due November 10. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC SETS COMMENT CYCLE FOR PROPOSAL TO CHANGE BRS CONSTRUCTION DEADLINE: The FCC has established a comment cycle for its proposal to require applicants that win Broadband Radio Service (BRS) licenses in Auction 86, and any subsequent auction, to demonstrate substantial service on or before four years from the date of license grant (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, September 16). Further, the Commission seeks comment on a proposed clarification to the substantial service rule applicable to the BRS and to the Educational Broadband Service (EBS). The Commission's proposals—in this Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM)—would ensure that spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band is put in use and would promote the provision of innovative services and rapid service to the public. Comments in this WT Docket No. 03-66, RM-10586 proceeding are due October 13, and replies are due October 23. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Cary Mitchell, and Richard Rubino.

COMMENT SOUGHT ON BROADBAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMALL AND DISADVANTAGED BUSINESSES: The FCC has asked for data on the current state of usage and penetration of broadband as it applies to small and disadvantaged businesses (SDBs)—i.e., small entities, women and minority-owned businesses, including rural businesses. Commenters should address the following:

(a) What percentage of SDBs currently use broadband? What are the current speeds and prices of these services? What applications are being run over these connections?
(b) What obstacles prevent SDBs from taking advantage of broadband technology: (i) lack of available broadband; (ii) lack of affordable broadband or budgetary constraints; (iii) digital literacy concerns; or (iv) social/cultural considerations?
(c) For SDBs in traditional businesses that may not yet rely on broadband, such as car repair shops, dry-cleaners, small grocery store owners, and tool and die makers, how can broadband improve their businesses? What needs to be done to encourage such businesses to utilize broadband technology?
(d) Are there data regarding how many new jobs have been created when SDBs take advantage of broadband? What is the impact of broadband adoption on SDB productivity and innovation? How do these data vary across sectors?
(e) What role should institutions such as the Federal Communications Commission, the Small Business Ad-ministration, the Department of Labor, local Chambers of Commerce, community colleges and other community organizations play in ensuring that SDBs take better ad-vantage of broadband technology?
(f) What challenges do SDBs owned by limited-English speakers face in using broadband technology?
(g) As government rolls out broadband stimulus funds to reach unserved and underserved communities and as broadband construction occurs generally, how do we ensure that SDBs are able to participate in the construction process and benefit from that construction?
(h) How do we ensure that SDBs participate as information and content providers on the Internet?
(i) How can public/private partnerships assist the growth of SDBs and their use of broadband technology? Please provide specific examples. Should the Commission facilitate creation of public-private partnerships for this purpose? Comments in this GN Docket Nos. 09-47, 09-51, 09-137 (NBP Public Notice #9) proceeding are due November 2. There is no reply date.

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

ADDITIONAL COMMENT SOUGHT ON PUBLIC SAFETY, HOMELAND SECURITY, CYBERSECURITY ELEMENTS OF NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN: The FCC is seeking additional comment regarding issues raised in the Broadband Notice of Inquiry regarding (1) public safety mobile wireless broadband networks; (2) next generation 911; (3) cyber security; and (4) alerting. Comments in this GN Docket Nos. 09-47, 09-51, 09-137 (NBP Public Notice #8) proceeding are due November 12. There is no reply date. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Cary Mitchell, and Richard Rubino.

COMMENT SOUGHT ON GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTION TO BROADBAND: The FCC has released a Public Notice, seeking comment on the contribution of federal, state, tribal, and local government to broadband deployment and adoption. The Commission is particularly interested in government broadband initiatives, assets and policies, barriers or detriments, etc. Comments in this GN Docket Nos. 09-47, 09-51, 09-137 (NBP Public Notice #7) proceeding are due November 6. There is no reply date. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC ANNOUNCES MANDATORY ELECTRONIC DIS-BURSEMENT OF UNIVERSAL SERVICE PAYMENTS: The FCC has announced that pursuant to the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA), all federal universal service support payments must be made by electronic funds transfer. These payments include payments from the high-cost, low-income, schools and libraries, and rural health care universal service support mechanisms. Recipients of universal service support payments shall provide their financial institution information and other relevant information on the FCC Form 498, Service Provider Identification Number and Contact Information Form, which is currently being revised to conform to the requirements of the DCIA. The revised FCC Form 498 will become effective this fall. After the revised information collections in the FCC Form 498 have been ap-proved by the Office of Management and Budget, the Wireline Competition Bureau will issue a further public notice announcing the effective date for the electronic payment requirement. After the effective date, if a recipient of universal service payments fails to provide financial institution information sufficient to enable payment through electronic funds transfer, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) will not make universal service payments to that entity. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

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This newsletter is not intended to provide legal advice. Those interested in more information should contact the firm.

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

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Will Motorola steal the limelight at CTIA IT?

October 2, 2009 — 9:54am ET
By Sue Marek

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Although the CTIA is positioning next week's CTIA IT & Entertainment conference in San Diego as a very vertical-focused show with an emphasis on enterprise, smart grid and mobile healthcare applications, it appears to me that Motorola and its rumored second Android phone launch may turn out to be the biggest attention grabber.

Yesterday rumors were swirling that Verizon and Motorola will debut a Motorola-made phone running on Google's Android platform next week. Sources have suggested to Fierce that this likely will happen at Tuesday's MotoDEV Summit, which is co-located with the CTIA IT show. If this Verizon Android device debut occurs, it likely will bring some much needed buzz to the San Diego confab.

Besides Motorola's Android device, we expect to get some hands-on time with other intriguing new phones such as the nuvifone G60, the HTC Hero and the Palm Pixi, as well as some of the latest netbooks. Devices will be a big part of the Hot for the Holidays awards ceremony that will take place Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. on the show floor.

Of course, the other big headline maker next week will be the keynote address on Wednesday by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. Although policy-oriented keynotes haven't been a big draw in the past, Genachowski's speech likely will cause a stir since the impact of his proposed net neutrality rules could dramatically alter the wireless industry. I expect that having Genachowski on stage the same morning as AT&T Mobility CEO and President Ralph de la Vega will be an interesting mix. I also think we will see other top wireless carrier executives in the crowd listening to Genachowski's speech. This net neutrality discussion is so critical to the future of all the big carriers, I don't see how the top executives can afford to miss it.

Aside from these two major news events, I think the rest of the CTIA IT show will be a mix of mobile health initiatives, smart grid partnerships and perhaps a few mobile content-related announcements. Just three and four years ago, mobile media and entertainment was the center of this show, but now that has moved to the sidelines to make room for the vertical industries, which many expect to be the next big growth area for wireless.

Source: FierceWireless

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Last updated 10:10 01/10/2009

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APOLOGY: Horizons Regional Council text message sent after the tsunami alert system failed.

The failure of a tsunami text alert system yesterday has seen Horizons Regional Council dump the warning service.

About 400 people received a text nearly three hours after yesterday's tsunami was due to hit the region's shores.

The warning text was delivered about 11.56: "Estimated wave East Cape and Mt Maunganui 1m-0922. Stay tuned to local media for more information."

Horizons inherited the free text service last year when it took over Manawatu District Council's civil defence work, emergency services manager Shane Bayley said.

Mr Bayley immediately cancelled the service run by OPTN after complaints came in about the glitch. "It's just not good enough."

Earthquakes in the Pacific caused a tsunami which hit Samoa and American Samoa killing at least 40 people, including a Kiwi.

Fears of a one-metre wave hitting Napier about 10.40am, Wellington about 10.50am and New Plymouth about 12.17pm were allayed yesterday afternoon.

But there were reports of a 40cm tsunami wave on the East Cape, Mr Bayley said.

"It's not big but those waves act differently from ordinary tidal waves, they have more energy behind them."

Impact times for west coast beaches in Horowhenua and Wanganui were not calculated but fire brigades kept people off beaches and a helicopter flyover made sure no-one was swimming or fishing, Horizons emergency services manager Shane Bayley said.

A Palmerston North man who signed up for the civil defence alerts in 2006 said the first text arrived after a tsunami wave measuring 40cm hit the East Cape.

"When I heard it's all over and done with, that's when I got the first text saying watch out for it. If you rely on it and it comes about three hours late you're done for."

A duplicate text was delivered minutes after the first. "They stuffed up."

Then an apologetic text was sent about 12.30pm: "The performance of the OPTN system this morning was not satisfactory. We will be investigating."

OPTN were contacted by the Manawatu Standard but failed to return phone calls. The text marketing company provides civil defence text alerts to seven councils.

Another Palmerston North man who signed up to the alerts for Manawatu and Rodney District said he got the apology text between two warning text yesterday.

"There was also another text that I'm connected to with the Rodney District and their's was two hours late."

He had experienced similar delays when a lahar ran down Mt Ruapehu in 2007.

Horizons sent out a mass text to rally about 1000 staff and emergency personal through a company based in Melbourne – it took about 10 seconds, Mr Bayley said.

He urged people to listen to the radio during an emergency situation.

The Tararua District Council evacuated about 60 residents from remote east coast settlements Herbertville and Akitio, both about 60km from Dannevirke.

"Emergency services and civil defence looked at the potential of a wave coming up the beach and collectively we decided it's better to be safe than sorry."

Herbertville Motor Camp manager Pam Barber said they moved to higher ground about 10am and returned about noon. "None of us were really worried but it has certainly taught us a lot, especially [as] if we were full there would have been 300 people staying here."


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