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AAPC Wireless Messaging News

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FRIDAY - JUNE 11, 2010 - ISSUE NO. 411

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

There will not be a newsletter next week since I will be attending the Global Paging Convention 2010 in Charleston, South Carolina. The Agenda is included in the AAPC section of this issue—immediately following. I will be taking many photographs, that I plan to include in future issues.

There are a couple of good readers' comments about the BP Boycott issue in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section.

Maybe I have been a little too serious lately. I have included lots of humor in this issue. Life is good, and it gets even better when we laugh.

  • Bill and Steve Hanging Out
  • The Senile Virus

Now on to more news and views.

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This is the AAPC's weekly newsletter about Wireless Messaging. You are receiving this because I believe you have requested it. This is not a SPAM. If you have received this message in error, or you are no longer interested in these topics, please click here, then click on "send" and you will be promptly removed from the mailing list.

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A new issue of The Wireless Messaging Newsletter gets posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon central US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the Internet. That way it doesn't fill up your incoming e-mail account.

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


Editorial Opinion pieces present the opinions of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of AAPC, its publisher, or its sponsors.

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We look forward to seeing you next week in Charleston, SC.!

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Thanks to our exhibitors and sponsors!

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American Messaging |
1720 Lakepointe Drive, Suite 100 | Lewisville, TX 75057 USA | 888-699-8977
American Messaging Services, LLC, is the second largest wireless messaging or paging company in the United States with reliable wireless networks providing coverage in 98 of the top 100 major metropolitan areas. Directly, and through subsidiaries, it provides traditional one and two-way messaging, telemetry and immediate mass notification services to more than 1.2 million subscribers nationwide. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, IntelliGuard Systems, LLC, it builds and provides emergency alert systems for university campuses, allowing for the immediate and simultaneous alerting of students, faculty, and staff in the event of an emergency, all within 20 seconds.

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Critical Alert Systems

100 Larrabee Road, Suite 150 | Westbrook, ME 04092 USA | 207-856-0078
Critical Alert Systems was founded in 2010 to acquire the assets of Northeast and UCOM Paging, the leading paging company in New England. Our mission is to provide fast and reliable alerting solutions in the healthcare, public safety and business enterprise markets. By prioritizing “People”, our customers and our employees, Critical Alert Systems will provide the highest level of customer service in the markets it serves. We are actively pursuing investment opportunities to expand the scope of our customer relationships and to bring new solutions that leverage the inherent advantages of our messaging platform.

Critical Response Systems |

1670 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 370 | Norcross, GA, 30093 USA | 770-441-9559
Critical Response Systems manufactures two-way paging and narrowband mobile data solutions for use in public safety, hospital, and industrial applications. Our turn-key SPARKGAP system delivers 5-second individual and group messages, tracks users as they receive, read, and respond to each message, and protects sensitive message content with 128-bit AES encryption. Coverage scales from a single building with a few users up to thousands of square miles and thousands of users.

Daniels Electronics |

43 Erie Street | Victoria, BC V8V 1P8 Canada | 250-382-8268
Daniels Electronics manufactures modular paging base stations covering 30 to 960 MHz. Formats include analog voice and tone, digital Golay, POCSAG, 2 level and 4 level FLEX, as well as the Multitone Mark formats. Powerlevels range from 3 to 300 Watts and bandwidths include 25 kHz and the NTIA compliant 12.5 kHz.

Digital Paging Company |

10825 Burbank Boulevard | North Hollywood, CA 91601 USA | 800-540-5700
With over 15 years of experience in paging and our continuous dedication to product reliability, availability, and superior customer service, DPC has proven to be your ideal paging partner. Please visit our exhibit to see our newest product lines including the new VP101 & VP220Pro, 2-tone switchable wideband/narrowband voice pagers, TP200 desktop pager, PILOT & GOLD XP rechargeable alphanumeric pagers, RP125 Wireless Repeater, text to voice pagers, and 2-line wireless LED signs. DPC also has the best solution for in-house paging systems with the latest in-house pagers and various paging transmitters, and Telemetry signs for your every need.

Welcome Reception Sponsor
e*Message Wireless Information Services GmbH|

Schönhauser Allee 10–11 | D–10119 Berlin, Germany | +49-30-41-71-0
e*Message is the leader in the continental European paging market. The group’s headquarters are in Berlin and Le Chesnay, near Paris. Hundreds of thousands of customers use the company’s alerting services (e*BOS and e*Cityruf in Germany, Expresso* and Alphapage* in France) and data broadcast services (e*Skyper, e*Skyper live and e*Broker). e*Message was founded in December 1999 and has taken over the paging activities of Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom in 2000. Since then e*Message has invested largely in further developments of its paging business. The company has also started operating the leading trunked radio system in the capital area Berlin-Brandenburg in December 2005. One of the innovations of e*Message are weather forecast stations for private households receiving weather forecast information via data broadcast functionality of e*Message’s countrywide networks.

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Generic Mobile Systems Sweden AB |

Augustendalstorget 3, Box 4023 | 131 04 Nacka, Sweden | +46-08-601-38 00
Generic Mobile, part of the Generic Group, specializes in unified messaging services and strives to be the leading supplier of solutions for critical communication in Sweden. To meet the demand for high security, service, and accessibility, we provide our customers with a combination of services based on paging, SMS, fax, e-mail and web applications. Our customers include a large number of rescue service agencies, the majority of all municipalities and most hospitals in Sweden, all active power plants, and the largest surveillance companies. Generic Mobile owns and operates the only national paging network (Minicall™) in Sweden, and also offers SMS in the fixed telephony network. The Generic group had approximately 200 MSEK turnover in 2009.

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Hark Systems |

3507 Iron Horse Drive, Building 200 | Ladson, SC 29456 USA | 800-367-4275
Hark Systems was founded in 1980 and was the parent company of Hark Technologies. Hark Systems’ focus for the past 15 years has been on remote site monitoring equipment, enabling tower site owners to monitor conditions including tower lights on/off, open doors, generators, power, and fire suppression to prevent emergency situations. Hark’s equipment has been recognized by the FAA as being so reliable that tower owners can be granted a waiver eliminating quarterly site inspections in place of one a year.

Hark Technologies |

717 Old Trolley Road, Suite 6 #163 | Summerville, SC 29485 USA | 843-821-6888
Hark Technologies designs and manufactures innovative products including Unified Messaging, Protocol Converters, Paging Encoders, and PDRs. The Omega Unified Messaging offers carriers and resellers the ability to provide enhanced voice/fax mail services on the same number as the customer’s pager and includes the major paging protocols such as TAP, TNPP, GCP, SMPP, SMTP, SNPP, WCTP, and HTTP. The ISI product can be used to eliminate costly leased lines and replace them with an internet connection.

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Indiana Paging Network, Inc |

6745 W. Johnson Road | LaPorte, IN 46350 USA | 800-842-1950
Indiana Paging Network (IPN) has been providing paging coverage for over 37 years and is the largest independent paging carrier in the Midwest. We provide our Indiana and Chicagoland customers the most comprehensive coverage available. Our customer service is second to none; we can truly stand by our motto of “Our Signal is Just One of Our Strengths”. We are evolving to become a more complete message delivery service for our customers with the additions of our IPN Messaging Center, telephone answering service, and our EMACS, emergency mass notification system. We will continue to improve and provide additional products and services to stay at the forefront of the messaging industry.

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Microspace Communications |

3100 Highwoods Boulevard | Raleigh, NC 27604 USA | 919-850-4500
Microspace Communications operates the world’s largest private satellite broadcast network for business and has been serving the needs of the wireless messaging industry since 1990. Microspace is dedicated to offering a variety of cost-effective, open systems simulcast network solutions that can be tailored to meet the needs of the carrier. Microspace supports all formats including analog Bell 202, voice, TNPP, and advance control (CNET, RFC and C2000). Shared CNET control and Internet TNPP services are also available.

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Mobilfone |

1801 Main Street | Kansas City, MO 64108 USA | 816-221-2720

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MultiTone Electronics |

PO Box 5142 | Augusta, Maine 04332 USA | 207-622-7963
MultiTone specializes in delivering integrated wireless communications systems to meet mission-critical communication problems. Whether you need on-site paging, integrated alarms, wireless telephony solutions, or to ensure staff safety through lone worker systems, MultiTone has a solution to meet your demands.

Welcome Reception Sponsor
Northeast Paging & UCOM Paging |

100 Larrabee Road, Suite 150 | Westbrook, ME 04092 USA | 207-856-0078
Established in 1991 to capitalize on the growing paging market, Northeast Paging has become New England’s largest regional paging carrier. By offering superior customer service, the fastest throughput time and the widest, most reliable New England paging coverage, Northeast and UCOM Paging have become the first choice in paging for New England’s hospitals, healthcare, and public safety professionals.

Onset Technology |

460 Totten Pond Road | Waltham, MA 02451 USA | 781-916-0044
Founded in 1997, Onset Technology has pioneered software development enhancing the functionality of Enterprise Mobility systems and is the leading provider of advanced high-priority messaging systems for Smartphones. Flagship METAmessage software solutions include Advanced Paging Solutions, Priority Messaging and Collaboration Tools, and Emergency Communications Solutions. Smartphone users in large scale deployments rely on METAmessage in industries that include Financial and Professional Services, Manufacturing, Education and the Public Sector - federal, state, and local.

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Prism Systems International, Inc. |

11175 Cicero Drive, Suite 100 | Alpharetta, Georgia 30022 USA | 678-242-5290
Prism Systems International (PSI) designs powerful Message Management systems using paging and other wireless technologies. PSI’s Prism Paging division is a market leader in providing automated paging systems. PSI now introduces Prism-IPX Systems featuring easy to manage integrated wireless messaging for healthcare, energy, industrial, public safety, aged care/assisted living, and government markets. Using direct VoIP interface Prism-IPX Systems provide fast, reliable dispatch of critical alerts and messages to cellular/DECT/SIP phones, pagers, e-mail, machine-to-machine, remote control devices, and LED display boards.

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ProPage |

112 Key Drive | Brunswick, GA 31520 USA | 912-264-1255

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SelectPath - Contact Wireless |

12150 E Briarwood Avenue #128 | Centennial, CO 80112 USA | 303-768 9673

Welcome Reception Sponsor
Teletouch Paging, LP |

1013 East Second Street | Tyler, TX 75701 USA | 903-595-8800
Teletouch Paging is dedicated to providing innovative paging solutions in the markets we serve. We operate paging networks in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas, serving business, retail, and reseller markets for over 40 years. As with most paging carriers, our biggest customers are hospitals, medical facilities, utilities, EMS, police, and more. Our personalized, local customer service and long-term customer relationships are key to our success.

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Unication USA, Inc. |

1901 E. Lamar Boulevard | Arlington, TX 76006 USA | 817-926-6771
Unication is a premier supplier of paging and communication equipment. Unication has continued to invest and innovate to bring added value to the Worldwide Messaging Marketplace, including a Dual Frequency Alpha Pager, a Password Protected Alpha Pager and a brand new Wideband/Narrowband Auto-Migration Pager called the Legend+. Unication is committed to be your Quality and Value Leader in providing communications equipment and solutions to the Global Market. Please contact Unication at the above phone number with any questions about how they can help you reach your communication goals.

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VoxPro Communications |

VoxPro House | Riverview Business Park | Bessboro Road | Blackrock Cork Ireland | 1850-71-72-73
VoxPro is a Business Process Outsourcing provider specializing in customer contact management. VoxPro operates 24 hours a day x 7 days a week x 365 days a year and delivers communication management via phone, e-mail, white mail, web, and SMS, as well as a variety of back office support services for our clients. One hundred percent Irish-owned and based, VoxPro was set up in 1973 under the name Pageboy Communications, rebranding to VoxPro Ltd. in 2005.

WiPath Communications |

4845 Dumbbarton Court | Cumming, GA 30040-9606 | 770-844-6218
WiPath is a developer and manufacturer of innovative paging solutions. The company invented the paging data terminal, the first true vehicle and desktop pager, and its paging data products are regarded as the most intelligent receiver solutions available on the market. The company provides products for emergency services, campuses, and healthcare including message monitoring, emergency alerting, fire station alerting and paging integrated services such as remote control, power load shedding, and more. WiPath also manufactures paging controllers and transmitters as well as store and forward repeaters and a range of mobile data terminal equipment.

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Xacom Pty Ltd. |

1/2A Sarton Road | Clayton Vic 3168 Australia | 61-3-9574-8777
Xacom is a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of the I-Care hard-wired nurse call system. The software controlling the system has many interfaces including paging, DECT, VoIP messaging, SMS, and access control systems. With flexibility designed into I-Care, customers can be sure they can have a system that works the way they want. For aged care, there is an integrated dementia monitoring system that reduces staff load and resident aggravation. Xacom partners with Prism Systems International to deliver solutions to customers in America and Europe. With over 20 years experience in messaging to the health care industry, you can be sure Xacom/Prism will deliver what you want.


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Jobs has lofty goal for iPhone 4's FaceTime video chat with open standard

Can Apple really ship tens of millions of FaceTime devices in 2010?

By Matt Hamblen
June 8, 2010 02:12 PM ET

Computerworld — Apple CEO Steve Jobs bit off a lot when he vowed to make FaceTime video calling an open industry software standard and said that Apple will ship tens of millions of FaceTime-connected devices in 2010.

Getting an open standard will mean not only talking to standards bodies, but also persuading some industry powerhouses to get behind those standards, including Cisco Systems, Microsoft and Google.

All of those competitors are surely interested in providing video chat with mobile devices and could easily favor going in a separate direction from Apple. Developing one's own technology outside of the mainstream industry standard is the very nature of how some technology companies compete — and win — today, including Apple.

"I hope Apple is successful in convincing Cisco, Microsoft, Google and others that FaceTime is a good standard for video telephony," said Charles Golvin, a Forrester Research analyst, in a blog praising the new iPhone 4, which will provide FaceTime video calling.

"I have no idea whether [FaceTime] is the BEST solution, but we have enough video telephony endpoints out there that it's time to make video calling as easy and interoperable as voice," Golvin continued. "[It's] about time we realize at least part of the promise of the 1964 New York World's Fair." There, AT&T introduced the Picturephone for video calls, a technology that never caught on partly because it required a critical mass of users to have them.

Jobs made his ambitious FaceTime promises deep into his Worldwide Developers Conference keynote Monday, where he announced the next version of Apple's smartphone, the iPhone 4, starting at about one hour and 30 minutes in. Video of the entire two-hour keynote is available on the Apple site.

"This is amazing," Jobs said, referring to video calling and FaceTime. "I grew up in the U.S. ... dreaming about video calling, and it's real now," he said, referring to watching video calls made on TV shows with Star Trek's Communicator device and in The Jetsons, a futuristic cartoon.

"Apple will ship tens of millions of FaceTime devices this calendar year, so there's going to be a lot of people to talk to," Jobs said, adding, "FaceTime is based on H.264 video ... and a bunch of alphabet-soup acronyms. We're going to the standards bodies tomorrow and making FaceTime an open standard."

Jobs' comments suggest several things, including that FaceTime will run on many other Apple products, not just the iPhone. Several analysts said Jobs has set his sights on a lofty goal, but for Jobs and Apple, almost anything seems possible. Several analysts said Apple, at least, will add FaceTime and related hardware (including at least one camera) for video calls to the iPad. Adding FaceTime capabilities to the popular iPod Touch media player, with some models including cameras, could bring Apple closer to Jobs' goal.

"I think tens of millions is a stretch with the current product line," said Carl Howe, an analyst at Yankee Group. "You can assume iPhone 4s will sell easily a million a month for the next six months, but that only gets you to 6 [million] to 8 million units."

If Apple were to introduce a second-generation iPad with a front-facing camera, "that would get us [to tens of millions] perhaps, but such a fast rev of that platform would be dangerous, although not unprecedented for Apple, for early adopters," he said.

Howe said it's unlikely that 10 million FaceTime-capable products will ship from Apple in 2010, and that tens of millions in 2011 is "more likely."

Having many FaceTime clients to connect to is also critical for video calling to catch on, added analyst Kevin Burden of ABI Research.

Video chat users, especially in the enterprise, would want to have video-calling capability not only to another iPhone 4, but also to other Apple devices and to phones from other manufacturers. These phones would need to have powerful processors and two cameras, one forward-facing and one facing backward, he said.

Nokia makes several such video-calling-capable phones with two cameras, as do other manufacturers. The use of these phones for video calling is more widespread in Asian countries, where it is harder to text because of the many characters needed in Chinese and Japanese, analysts said. But video chat in Nokia devices hasn't been all that popular, Burden said.

When Jobs said the FaceTime software will work only between iPhone 4s, it seemed to contradict his additional statement that FaceTime will ship on tens of millions of Apple devices this year, which some analysts said could mean added products will soon interoperate with iPhone 4's FaceTime.

One other possibility is that Apple could be counting on Cisco's adding FaceTime and wireless functions to its Flip cameras, or Microsoft's adding FaceTime to its Windows Phone Series 7 OS or Google adding it to a coming Android OS.

In an e-mail response, a Cisco spokesman said: "Cisco believes in open standards as evidenced in our recent TIP [TelePresent Interoperability Protocol] announcement." That announcement referred to Cisco's willingness to enable its room-size telepresence systems to interoperate with third-party systems, including those of recently acquired Tandberg.

A Google spokeswoman didn't address FaceTime directly but said Google's software is "built on top of open standards and platforms. ... We will continue to strive for openness in our communications platforms."

Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment.

The willingness by Cisco and other large vendors to cooperate with Apple would be as important as Apple's working through various standards bodies made up of small and large video and audio manufacturers, analysts added.

Asked to give odds on Apple's chances of winning an industry open standard for FaceTime, Forrester's Golvin said via e-mail: "I hate to hedge but it really depends on whom they're able to enlist as supporters of their approach. If big players like Cisco, AT&T and others endorse Apple's approach, then its chances are good. But if other players view it as favoring Apple, then it will remain in isolation."

Golvin said that with millions of video-chat-capable smartphones and other devices deployed, it's "possible to realize the 1964 New York World's Fair vision of video telephony, but only if video calling can be made as interoperable and seamless as voice calling."


Source: ComputerWorld

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Joint efforts will focus on connecting renewable energy distributed generation sources to Smart Grid

San Ramon, Calif. and Scotts Valley, Calif. – June 7, 2010 – The ZigBee® Alliance and the SunSpec Alliance today announced an agreement to collaborate on defining standards for renewable energy and microgrid management using the ZigBee Smart Energy™ version 2.0 standard. The ZigBee Alliance is a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, and the SunSpec Alliance was formed to accelerate the growth of the renewable energy industry through standardization of monitoring and management interfaces for energy system components.

As use of distributed generation increases with more residences and businesses installing solar power generating systems, those microgrid systems need to integrate with the Smart Grid. The collaboration between the two Alliances will address the existing gap between the growing use of distributed generation via renewable energy resources and the Smart Grid, in order to take advantage of the energy management efficiencies of the Smart Grid.

“Working with the SunSpec Alliance further broadens the reach and strength of ZigBee Smart Energy by giving renewable energy industries and the utilities a standardized approach to Smart Grid integration,” said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “As more consumers and businesses install renewable energy systems, they need a way to control not only their energy use, but also how it ties in to their local utility. They will be able to do all of this using ZigBee Smart Energy.”

ZigBee Smart Energy is the market leading wireless HAN standard with more than 40 million smart meters being installed around the world. Common HAN devices include utility meters, thermostats, pool pumps, water heaters, appliances and plug-in electric vehicles. The standard was developed by industry leading utilities, suppliers and technology companies to connect those everyday household devices to the Smart Grid. Last year, ZigBee Smart Energy was listed by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as one of the initial consensus standards for HAN devices for inclusion in the Smart Grid Roadmap.

“ZigBee Smart Energy is a key standard to removing barriers and firmly establishing product interoperability that expedites Smart Grid integration of renewable power generating sources,” said Tom Tansy, chairman of the SunSpec Alliance. “The SunSpec Alliance shares the ZigBee Alliance’s vision of helping consumers and businesses realize a new era of energy management and efficiency, and this collaboration adds a focus on the control of renewable energy production.”

ZigBee Smart Energy – The Standard for Home Area Networks
ZigBee Smart Energy enables wireless communication between utility companies and common household devices such as smart thermostats and appliances. It improves energy efficiency by allowing consumers to choose interoperable products from different manufacturers giving them the means to manage their energy consumption more precisely using automation and near real- time information. It also helps utilities and energy providers implement new advanced metering and demand response programs to drive greater energy management and efficiency, while responding to changing government requirements. For more information and a list of ZigBee Certified products, visit:

About ZigBee: Control your world
ZigBee is the global wireless language connecting dramatically different devices to work together and enhance everyday life. The ZigBee Alliance is a non-profit association of more than 350 members driving development of ZigBee wireless technology. The Alliance promotes world-wide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer electronic, energy, home, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit:

About SunSpec Alliance
The SunSpec Alliance was formed to accelerate the growth of the renewable energy industry through standardization of monitoring and management interfaces for energy system components. The Alliance creates and publishes specifications; establishes testing and certification procedures for product conformance; and educates consumers, utilities and vendors on the benefits of the standardization. Alliance membership is open to any corporation, non-profit or individual with a vested interest in the renewable energy industry, including manufacturers, software developers, computer hardware companies, system integrators, financial backers, regulatory agencies, and energy consumers. For more information, or to find out how to join the Alliance, please visit

Kevin Schader
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Henshaw Communications for SunSpec Alliance
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Source: ZigBee

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Zetron’s New VoIP RDS Release Adds Popular Dispatch Features to the Flexibility of IP

Zetron’s VoIP Radio Dispatch System (VoIP RDS) now offers support for popular dispatch features that help operators work more effectively and efficiently. It also includes features that cut costs and simplify installation—while still offering the flexibility and future readiness of IP.

Redmond, WA, June 3, 2010 Zetron, a leading manufacturer of mission-critical communication systems, announced the new release of its VoIP Radio Dispatch System (VoIP RDS) v. 1.8.This release supports many of the popular features provided in Zetron’s Series 4000 dispatch system, such as combined telephone-radio headset functionality, instant recall recording, and analog console logging—along with the flexibility and future readiness of IP.

New VoIP RDS Features include:
Better control for operators. The new telephone-radio headset interface allows operators to use one headset to handle phones and radio dispatching and to move seamlessly between the two functions. The interface also supports an improved headset jackbox that includes two separate volume controls.

Support for analog logging recorders; simpler installation. The new audio interface supports analog console logging recorders. Its standardized connectors also simplify the installation of VoIP RDS.

Instant Recall Recording. The VoIP RDS Instant Recall Recorder is an integrated software option that allows operators to replay missed calls or save them for later review.

Reduced costs and support for up to 99 remote radio functions. The new VoIP RDS gateway connects directly to Kenwood radios. This cuts costs and installation time because communications between the console and radio require only one box instead of two. The gateway supports up to 99 remote radio functions when the radio and gateway are co-located. The gateway also supports Knox paging protocols.

For more information about VoIP RDS , contact Zetron at: (425) 820-6363.

About Zetron
For 30 years, Zetron has been designing, developing and manufacturing mission-critical communication solutions for customers in public safety, transportation, utilities, manufacturing, healthcare, and business. With offices in Redmond, Washington, U.S.A.; Hampshire, England; Brisbane, Australia and numerous field locations, Zetron supports a worldwide network of authorized resellers and distributors. This gives Zetron a global reach as well as a local presence in the regions it serves. Zetron is a wholly owned subsidiary within JK Holdings, Inc. For more information, visit

Source: Zetron

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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. 13, No. 24 June 9, 2010   

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Rural Wireless Carriers Urged to Support Automatic Roaming Obligation for Commercial Wireless Carriers; Comments Due Monday, June 14th

As we recently reported (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, April 21, April 28) the FCC has adopted an Order on Reconsideration and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in its CMRS roaming docket (WT Docket No. 05-265). The Further Notice solicits comment on broadband roaming and thus provides our clients with an opportunity to rectify the broadband data roaming situation. We have prepared comments that urge the FCC to adopt a rule for broadband data roaming that applies to all commercial services (i.e., not just CMRS) and that largely mirrors the circuit switched data and voice roaming rule. We also ask the FCC to ensure carriers offer reasonable and nondiscriminatory broadband data roaming rates, so that rural carriers can obtain sufficient revenues from the provision of broadband data roaming service to more fully develop their broadband data networks and capabilities. By way of background, the current CMRS automatic roaming rule does NOT include non-interconnected services, such as wireless broadband internet access services. Many of our firm’s clients have complained about the difficulty they have had in securing broadband data roaming arrangements with nationwide carriers. Indeed, with consumers increasingly expecting seamless access to broadband data, the lack of roaming options has left small and mid-sized carriers at a significant competitive disadvantage. Access to broadband data roaming will only become more important with the build out of wireless 4G networks.

We are circulating draft comments this week and urge broad participation to ensure that the Commission’s staff gives due consideration to the viewpoint of rural carriers. We are holding the cost to $375 per company. Please let us know if your company wishes to participate.

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

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  • FWCC asks FCC to improve interference protection in 3650-3700 MHz band.
  • FWCC also seeks backhaul channel flexibility for mobile broadband services.
  • FCC provides new BRS licensees 4 years to meet construction requirement.
  • Deadline for annual Lifeline surveys and certifications is August 31.
  • FCC finds that AMTS service is subject to USF contributions.

FWCC Asks FCC To Improve Interference Protection In 3650-3700 MHz Band

The Fixed Wireless Communications Coalition (FWCC) has filed a rulemaking petition asking the FCC to improve interference protection in the 3650-3700 MHz band. Specifically, FWCC is asking the Commission to provide licensees and end users with greater assurance that their investment will not be jeopardized by unexpected interference over which they have no control and no recourse. On the other hand, the Coalition does not seek the high levels of protection available with mandatory prior frequency coordination, as under Part 101 of the FCC’s rules. FWCC prefers the speed and flexibility built into the present 3650-3700 MHz rules. Without seeking to disturb that basic scheme, it asks only that the Commission rephrase certain advisory language into mandatory terms. Doing so will clarify the rights of licensees while retaining all the benefits of the present rules, FWCC said. Statements opposing or supporting FWCC’s RM-11604 Petition for Rulemaking are due within 30 days of the June 4 notice date (i.e., by July 6).

(FWCC is a coalition of microwave equipment manufacturers, licensees of terrestrial fixed Microsystems and their associations, communications service providers and their associations. The membership also includes railroads, public utilities, petroleum and pipeline entities, public safety agencies, cable TV and private cable providers, backhaul providers, and/or their respective associations.)

In its petition, FWCC said that service rules for the 3650-3700 MHz band uniquely combine much of the flexibility of unlicensed operation with some of the interference protection associated with traditional licensing:

  • Each user must obtain a non-exclusive, nationwide license.
  • Prior to operating a fixed or base station, the licensee must register it in a Commission-maintained database.
  • Before doing so, the licensee is asked to examine existing entries and make every effort to ensure that the new station will operate at a location and under technical parameters that minimize the potential to cause and receive interference to and from previously registered users.
  • As a further (and important) precaution, stations are required to incorporate a contention-based protocol that automatically facilitates the sharing of frequencies.
  • If interference occurs nonetheless, all affected licensees, whether causing or suffering harmful interference, are expected to cooperate and to resolve the problem by mutually satisfactory arrangements.

In responding to several reconsideration petitions, FWCC said, the Commission turned aside requests for conventional, exclusive licensing and left the regulatory scheme intact. The FCC also rejected several “modifications that would effectively infuse the non-exclusive licensing scheme with some of the rights and protections of a traditional, exclusively licensed regime.”

FWCC said its petition was prompted, in part, by the decision of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau in World Data PR Inc., the only published interpretation to date of the 3650-3700 MHz interference protection rules.

According to FWCC, Neptuno Networks, the petitioner in the case, complained of harmful interference from another licensee in the band, World Data PR Inc. Neptuno alleged that World Data operated transmitters without first checking the database, failed to register its own transmitters in the database, failed to coordinate its operations with Neptuno, and failed to cooperate in resolving the harmful interference. World Data countered that it had indeed consulted the database, and had taken certain technical steps toward sharing the band, but it did not seriously dispute Neptuno’s remaining allegations, FWCC said.

The Bureau denied Neptuno’s requests for relief. Its decision rejected the notion of a first-in-time priority among licensees, reiterated the absence of a coordination requirement, and emphasized all licensees’ equal rights to the spectrum, with a mutual obligation to cooperate and avoid harmful interference to one another, FWCC said.

FWCC said it takes no position on whether the Bureau’s reading is consistent with the terms of the rule. But it noted that the Bureau’s interpretation of terms such as (1) “Licensees should examine [the registration] database before seeking station authorization, and [should] make every effort” to minimize interference; and (2) “Licensees of stations suffering or causing harmful interference are expected to cooperate and resolve this problem by mutually satisfactory arrangements” allows for the construction of systems that cause harmful interference.

What FWCC wants the Commission to do is to convert the advisory language in the rules into mandatory requirements:

“Licensees must examine this database before seeking station authorization, and must make every effort to ensure that their fixed and base stations operate at a location, and with technical parameters, that will minimize the potential to cause and receive interference. Licensees of stations suffering or causing harmful interference must cooperate in good-faith to resolve this problem by mutually satisfactory arrangements.”

FWCC Also Seeks Backhaul Channel Flexibility For Mobile Broadband Services

FWCC has also filed a rulemaking petition asking the FCC to allow an operator to combine adjacent 30 and 40 MHz channels in the lower 6 and 11 GHz bands and treat them as a single 60 or 80 MHz channel, respectively, to promote high-capacity backhaul in support of mobile broadband services. Statements opposing or supporting FWCC’s Backhaul Petition for Rulemaking (RM RM-11602) are also due within 30 days of the June 4 notice date (i.e., by July 6).

According to FWCC, the Commission's National Broadband Plan (NBP) predicts steep growth in demand for mobile broadband capacity; data points include a 268% compound annual growth rate in AT&T mobile data traffic (driven in part by the iPhone), and a projected 44-fold increase in North American wireless network traffic between 2009 and 2014. FWCC said these increases in mobile broadband use will inevitably raise demand for point-to-point microwave backhaul, and a shortage of backhaul capacity can inhibit speed at the handset, even if adequate last-mile spectrum is available. The coalition notes that the NBP discusses regulatory changes needed to improve flexibility and cost-effectiveness in deploying wireless backhaul, but an important element is missing: The ongoing shift in end-user activity from voice and low-speed data (such as text and email) to high-speed data (such as video and web browsing) will add to the loads on individual backhaul links.

FWCC said the Commission's Rules limit link capacity by capping channel bandwidth. Accordingly, FWCC said: “The workhorse bands for long backhaul links, the Lower 6 GHz band (5925-6425 MHz) and the 11 GHz band (10.7-11.7 GHz), have maximum authorized bandwidths of 30 MHz and 40 MHz, respectively. Operators are required to carry at least 89.4 megabits/second (30 MHz channels at 11 GHz) or 134.1 Mb/s (30 MHz channels at 6 GHz and 40 MHz channels at 11 GHz). Most operators do better, typically around 155 Mb/s at 6 GHz. But there is a practical maximum on a single polarization of about 180-200 Mb/s. That is generally adequate for voice and low-speed data services. The strong growth in mobile broadband, however, will soon push backhaul requirements beyond those numbers, toward 360 Mb/s per channel. Achieving that capacity under the present rules would entail running separate signals on separate 30 or 40 MHz channels. That requires complex electronics to coordinate the transmissions, with the additional disadvantage of intermodulation products due to multiple RF signals sharing the same antenna. These show up as unwanted emissions in other channels.”

To help meet emerging broadband backhaul needs, FWCC is asking the Commission to amend the rules to allow an operator to combine adjacent 30 and 40 MHz channels and treat them as a single 60 or 80 MHz channel, respectively. “This simplifies the electronics, lowers costs, improves reliability, and eliminates intermodulation issues. We are not aware of any negative effects on any spectrum user. Combining channels also puts into productive use the frequency space near the adjacent channel edges, where signal must otherwise be attenuated,” FWCC said. “Permitting Fixed Service operators to combine adjacent 30 and 40 MHz channels in the Lower 6 and 11 GHz bands will promote high-capacity backhaul in support of mobile broadband services, with no downside to any spectrum user,” FWCC said.

The FCC also seeks comments on the following FWCC rulemaking petition, with the same comment deadline (i.e., July 6):

RM-11606. Federal and non-Federal sharing of the 7125-8500 MHz band. The FWCC is asking the Commission to launch a rulemaking, in collaboration with National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), on shared non-Federal fixed use in the 7125-8500 MHz band, particularly for wireless broadband backhaul. FWCC has selected this band because it believes it is the only spectrum available for this purpose.

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

FCC Provides New BRS Licensees 4 Years To Meet Construction Requirement

The FCC has adopted a Third Report and Order, in which it provides Broadband Radio Service (BRS) licensees that are awarded new initial licenses on or after November 6, 2009, four years from the date of initial license grant to meet the Commission’s construction requirement. In addition, the FCC revised its construction rule to conform the text to previous decisions made in this proceeding. The FCC said these revisions will provide greater clarity to BRS and Educational Broadband Service (EBS) licensees in complying with the construction requirement. While new licensees get the benefit of the four-year build out period, existing BRS licensees must still meet the May 1, 2011 deadline for demonstrating substantial service.

When adopting performance obligations for licensed services, the Commission said its general practice has been to require that such obligations be met at a deadline measured in some period of time from the issue of the license (e.g., a licensee may have to demonstrate substantial service within five years from issue of the license). Under the rules formerly applicable to the Multipoint Distribution Service (MDS), which became the BRS in 2004, holders of incumbent BRS licenses were required to complete construction within 12 months of the date of license grant. These former rules also provided that “within five years of the grant of a BTA [Basic Trading Area] authorization, the authorization holder must construct MDS stations to provide signals . . . that are capable of reaching at least two-thirds of the population of the applicable service area.” When the Commission sought comment on the rules for BRS and EBS in 2003, it suspended performance requirements applicable to the band. Subsequently, in April 2006, the Commission adopted May 1, 2011 as the uniform date by which all BRS BTA authorization holders and incumbent BRS and EBS licensees must demonstrate substantial service.

On April 24, 2009, the FCC announced Auction 86, in which it intended to auction 78 BRS BTA licenses, 75 of which were originally offered in Auction 6 and became available as a result of default, cancellation, or termination. Three additional licenses were created by the Commission in the BRS/EBS Fourth MO&O, when the Commission amended its rules to establish three Gulf of Mexico Service Areas for BRS. The auction of these 78 BRS licenses began on October 27, 2009, and on November 6, 2009, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau announced the closing of the auction. Under the rules adopted by the Commission in 2006, winners of licenses in Auction No. 86 would be required to demonstrate substantial service on or before May 1, 2011. Comments to the Auction Public Notice raised the issue of whether the May 1, 2011 substantial service deadline should be applied to winners of licenses in Auction 86. Thus, the Commission released the BRS/EBS Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) seeking comment on this issue.

In the Third Report and Order, the FCC adopted its proposal to require a demonstration of substantial service within four years for new initial BRS licenses. It believes that the substantial service deadline should ensure that spectrum is promptly placed in use while allowing licensees a reasonable opportunity to construct. The FCC said it agrees with most commenters that, with respect to new initial BRS licenses, a four year term strikes the appropriate balance in serving these goals. The FCC recognizes that the May 1, 2011, deadline adopted in 2006 does not provide adequate time to build out new initial BRS licenses, particularly since licenses for the recently-completed Auction 86 have not yet been issued. However, the fact that existing licensees are rapidly deploying service in this band demonstrates that new licensees also should be able to deploy rapidly. WCA’s representations concerning the availability of equipment and the nearly complete status of the transition to the new band plan provide further assurance that new licensees can deploy service in a relatively expedited manner. Moreover, given the high demand for wireless broadband services spectrum noted by the parties, the FCC believes it is appropriate to set a relatively aggressive buildout schedule to ensure that licensees promptly place the spectrum in use and provide advanced broadband services.

In light of these considerations, the FCC rejected arguments from commenters that six years is a more appropriate time frame for demonstrating substantial service. The FCC said it believes that allowing six years would unduly delay placing this spectrum in use. Most significantly, the FCC said the argument that additional time is needed because the wireless broadband industry is in a “transitional state” is contradicted by the rapidly increasing number of deployments in the band. The FCC also disagreed with the argument that BRS is similarly situated to LMDS, WCS, and AWS. Those services faced equipment, technical, or federal relocation issues that made buildout more difficult and that BRS does not face. While the FCC agreed that some of the new licenses will be highly encumbered, it said bidders for those licenses were warned about the existence of incumbent licenses and were directed to be familiar with the status of incumbent operations. Furthermore, the Commission said it has established a separate substantial service safe harbors for heavily encumbered licenses. Moreover, as explained in the BRS/EBS 3rd FNPRM, when the Commission adopted May 1, 2011 as the demonstration of substantial service deadline, the FCC said it gave current BRS licensees five years to demonstrate substantial service and transition to the new band plan and technical rules. At this time, the FCC said, the transition of the 2.5 GHz band is nearly complete.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky and Cary Mitchell.


DEADLINE FOR ANNUAL LIFELINE SURVEYS & CERTIFICATIONS IS AUGUST 31: The FCC has issued a reminder that each year, eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) are required to verify the continued eligibility of a statistically valid sample of their Lifeline subscribers. Under the terms of the Lifeline Order, States that have their own state-based low-income programs are required to establish state-specific verification procedures. These state procedures should include methods that ETCs should use to verify continued eligibility and should specify to whom the results should be submitted. States that do not have state-based low-income programs are designated “federal default states.” ETCs in federal default states must verify annually the continued eligibility of a statistically valid sample of their Lifeline subscribers. The FCC’s public notice “reminder” notes that an ETC in a state with its own state-based low-income program must submit a certification, signed by an officer of the company, to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) by August 31, 2010, and ensure that USAC receives the certification by that date, attesting that the ETC has complied with the state verification procedures. In addition, all ETCs in federal default states must submit their annual Lifeline verification survey results to USAC and must ensure that these results are received by USAC by August 31, 2010. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC FINDS THAT AMTS SERVICE IS SUBJECT TO USF CONTRIBUTIONS: The FCC has denied a request by Maritime Communications/Land Mobile, LLC, seeking reconsideration of the Wireline Competition Bureau’s decision to deny a request for review Maritime had filed on behalf of Waterway Communication System, LLC, and Mobex Network Services, LLC regarding Universal Service Fund (USF) contributions. Under Section 254(d) of the Communications Act, every telecommunications carrier that provides interstate telecommunications services is required to contribute to the USF. This includes commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) providers. Between 2001 and 2006, Watercom and Mobex made universal service contributions based on, among other things, revenues from their provision of Automated Maritime Telecommunications Service (AMTS). AMTS is a CMRS usually interconnected to the public switched telephone network that offers telecommunications to tugs, barges, and other commercial vessels on inland waterways. On May 8, 2006, Maritime, as the successor in interest of Watercom and Mobex, filed a demand for refund with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) regarding the contributions Watercom and Mobex had made based on their AMTS revenues. USAC denied Maritime’s demand on November 15, 2006. On January 9, 2007, Maritime filed on behalf of Watercom and Mobex a request for review of USAC’s decision. The Bureau denied Maritime’s request for review on August 26, 2008, in the Watercom/Mobex Order. Accordingly Maritime filed its instant petition for reconsideration, in which it argued that it could not offer AMTS to a substantial portion of the public and thus should have been exempt from contribution obligations; and that Watercom and Mobex could not have been classified as CMRS operators under the Act. In denying Maritime’s petition, the FCC said the question of whether an offering is a telecommunications service that is subject to universal service assessments under the Act, does not turn upon whether a substantial portion of the public desires to use a particular service; rather, the question is whether the provider offers its service indiscriminately to all users that might seek to purchase it. Accordingly, because Maritime offered its service indiscriminately, the FCC concluded that the Bureau correctly held in the Watercom/Mobex Order that Watercom and Mobex were telecommunications carriers required to contribute to the universal service fund. Moreover, Watercom and Mobex would be required to contribute even if they had offered AMTS on a private-carriage basis. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

CONSUMER CELLULAR FORBEARANCE PETITION EXTENDED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 28: The FCC has extended by 90 days the date by which Consumer Cellular, Inc.’s forbearance petition would be deemed granted without action by the Commission. On June 30, 2009, Consumer Cellular filed a petition requesting that the Commission forbear from applying the requirements of section 214(e)(1)(A) of the Act, to the extent that those provisions require a common carrier designated as an eligible telecommunication carrier (ETC) to offer services supported by the federal universal service support mechanisms using either its own facilities or a combination of its own facilities and another carrier’s services. As a result, the deadline in this CC Docket No. 96-45 proceeding has been extended until September 28. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

RUS PROPOSES TO AMEND REGULATIONS FOR BURIED PLANT: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has proposed to amend its regulations on Telecommunications Standards and Specifications for Materials, Equipment and Construction, by revising RUS Bulletin 1753F-150, Specifications and Drawings for Construction of Direct Buried Plant (Form 515a). The revised specification will include new construction units for Fiber-to-the-Home, remove redundant or outdated requirements, and simplify the specification format. Comments in this Docket No. RUS-2010-Telecom-0003 proceeding are due August 9. RUS issues contracts, standards and specification for construction of telecommunications facilities financed with RUS loan funds. RUS is proposing to revise the specifications for buried plant construction contained in RUS Bulletin 1753F-150 (RUS Form 515a). The current outside plant specifications are used by borrowers to secure the services of a contractor for the construction of telecommunications facilities. Because of Fiber-to-the-Home construction and advancements made in construction installation methods and materials, the present specifications have become outdated. To allow borrowers and contractors to take advantage of these improved construction installation methods and materials, the current specification will be revised. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

COMMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR INTERNET POLICY TASK FORCE’s PRIVACY NOI: The Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force has announced that the closing deadline for submission of comments responsive to the April 23 Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on privacy and innovation has been extended until 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on June 14. Commenters should refer to Docket No. 100402174-0238-02, RIN 0660-XA12. On April 21, the Department of Commerce announced the launch of an initiative designed to gather public input and review the nexus between privacy policy and innovation in the Internet economy (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, April 28). In addition, the Department announced the formation of a Commerce-wide Internet Policy Task Force to identify leading public policy and operational issues impacting the U.S. private sector's ability to realize the potential for economic growth and job creation through the Internet. The Privacy and Innovation Initiative of the Task Force will identify policies that enhance: (1) The clarity, transparency, scalability and flexibility needed to foster innovation in the information economy; (2) the public confidence necessary for full citizen participation with the Internet; and (3) fundamental democratic values essential to the functioning of a free market and a free society. On April 23, the Task Force issued an NOI on privacy and innovation issues with a closing date for comments of June 7. The Task Force now announces that the closing deadline for submission of comments responsive to the April 23 notice has been extended until 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on June 14. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC SETS COMMENT DATES FOR FNPRM ON ELIGIBILITY OF E-RATE PRODUCTS & SERVICES: The FCC has set comment dates for its Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) addressing matters related to the eligibility of products and services under the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism, also known as the E-rate program. Comments in this CC Docket No. 02-6 proceeding are due July 9, and replies are due July 26. Specifically, this FNPRM proposes that the following services should not be eligible for funding under the E-rate program—separately priced firewall services, anti-virus/anti-spam software, scheduling services, wireless Internet access applications, and web hosting. The FCC proposes to revise its rules to establish that the Commission should not be required to list individual products and services (e.g., voice mail) in the rules, but that such products and services will be listed in the Eligible Services List (ESL). The FCC proposes to require the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to submit any proposed changes to the ESL to the Commission no later than March 30 of each year. Finally, the FCC proposes to eliminate the requirement that the ESL be released by public notice. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC SETS COMMENT CYCLE FOR NPRM ADDRESSING POTENTIAL E-RATE REFORMS: The FCC has established a comment cycle for its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding several potential reforms to the E-rate program that would cut red tape by eliminating rules that have not effectively served their intended purpose, while continuing to protect against waste, fraud, and abuse. Comments in this CC Docket No. 02-6 proceeding are due July 9, and replies are due July 26. The Commission also seeks comment on how to provide stability and certainty for the funding of internal connections that are necessary to deliver higher bandwidth services to the classroom and how to expand access to funding for internal connections for schools and libraries serving impoverished populations. Finally, the Commission seeks comment on indexing the funding cap to inflation, which would make additional funding available to support current and new services to deliver the full benefits of the Internet to all. 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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Wireless Communication Solutions

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USB Paging Encoder

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  • Single channel up to eight zones
  • Connects to Linux computer via USB
  • Programmable timeouts and batch sizes
  • Supports 2-tone, 5/6-tone, POCSAG 512/1200/2400, GOLAY
  • Supports Tone Only, Voice, Numeric, and Alphanumeric
  • PURC or direct connect
  • Pictured version mounts in 5.25" drive bay
  • Other mounting options available
  • Available as a daughter board for our embedded Internet Paging Terminal (IPT)

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Paging Data Receiver (PDR)


  • Frequency agile - only one receiver to stock
  • USB or RS-232 interface
  • Two contact closures
  • End-user programmable w/o requiring special hardware
  • 16 capcodes
  • Eight contact closure version also available
  • Product customization available

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Other products

  • Please see our web site for other products including Internet Messaging Gateways, Unified Messaging Servers, test equipment, and Paging Terminals.
Hark Technologies
717 Old Trolley Rd Ste 6 #163
Summerville, SC 29485
Tel: 843-821-6888
Fax: 843-821-6894
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Hark Technologies

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UCOM Paging

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Satellite Uplink
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  • Data input speeds up to 38.4 Kbps Dial-in modem access for Admin Extremely reliable & secure
  • Hot standby up link components

Knowledgeable Tech Support 24/7

Contact Alan Carle Now!
1-888-854-2697 x272

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From: Jim Dombrouski
Subject: BP Boycott
Date: June 5, 2010 11:44:41 AM CDT
To: Brad Dye

Hey Brad,

The more I think about it, I think it is very important to express our dismay at the BP disaster in the Gulf, or the murder of American and Turkish civilians in international water. If we don't say anything, then we are complicit, like the "good Germans".

Keep up the good work.

Best Regards,


PS. You can print my response if you want.

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From: Frank McNeill
Subject: BP Boycott
Date: June 5, 2010 3:13:02 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye

Hey, Brad;

C'mon, man, why didn't you include some of those emails calling you the, "unprintable names". We would get a kick out of them. Lots of people around here call me an "a**hole", and I would be happy to acknowledge them here but space constraints will not allow it.

As to the tenor of your editorial remarks, I agree with you sometimes, and sometimes not. However, I do not feel that one who gives so much of his time providing us with his valuable time, without compensation, (emphasis mine) needs to apologize (or apologise — for my Canadian friends) for his views on anything. Keep on keeping-on — you provide a great service to us.

However, I would like to address the, "boycott BP", advice. I have no connection to BP; no stock, nor any other business nor family affiliation and would happily join a, "BP Corporation-Executive Kick-A** Brigade".

I had a 50-plus-year friend (Carl) who, with a high school education, worked hard and established a service station business for himself. I was his customer. Carl died and left the successful business to his daughter, Peggy-Ann. The station — still called "Carl's" — continued to thrive. Then came the, "boycott CITGO", cries. "Carl's" suffered a painful result. I am still a customer.

Notwithstanding the sometimes arrogant, incompetent attitude of the management of the BP corporation, there are over eleven-thousand BP-branded "Peggy Anns" in the USA who are independent, small businesses and to punish them — though certainly not your intent — affects them and their many thousands of employees, who have no control over the Corporate owners of their brand of products.

Again, thank you for your invaluable service. If you will identify your detractors to me in Charleston, I will challenge them to a duel — with mint julep, of course.

Best regards,

Frank McNeill
Communication Specialists Company of Wilmington, LLC
Wilmington, NC

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Brad Dye
With best regards,

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Newsletter Editor


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Brad Dye, Editor
P.O. Box 266
Fairfield, IL 62837 USA

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"Did I send this to you already??? I can't remember".

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New Virus
Just got this in from a reliable source.
It seems there is a virus called the "Senile Virus"
That even the most advanced programs of
Norton and McAfee cannot take care of it,
Be warned.


The virus appears to affect
Those of us who were born before 1960!


Symptoms of the Senile Virus...
Causes you to send the same e-mail twice.
Causes you to send blank e-mail.
Causes you to send e-mail to the wrong person.
Causes you to send e-mail back to the person who sent it to you.
Causes you to forget to attach attachments.
Causes you to hit "SEND" before you've finished the e-mail.

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I don't remember if I sent this one out...
I don't think I did..or did you send it to me???

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Funny, I don't remember being absent minded...
God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
The good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight
To tell the difference.

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Now that I'm 'older (but refuse to grow up),
here's what I've discovered...


I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
My wild oats have turned into prunes and all bran.
I finally got my head together; now my body is falling apart.
Funny, I don't remember being absent minded...
Funny, I don't remember being absent minded...

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All reports are in; life is now officially unfair.
If all is not lost, where is it?
It's easier to get older than it is to get wiser.
Funny, I don't remember being absent minded...

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Some days you're the dog, some days you're the hydrant.
I wish the buck stopped here; I sure could use a few...
Kids in the back seat cause accidents.
Accidents in the back seat cause kids.
Funny, I don't remember being absent minded...


It's hard to make a come back when you haven't been anywhere.
The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you're in the bathroom.
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
When I'm finally holding all the cards, why does everyone decide to play chess?
Funny, I don't remember being absent minded...

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It's not hard to meet expenses . . . they're everywhere.
The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter...
I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I'm here after.
I am unable to remember if I have mailed this to you or not!
Funny, I don't remember being ........absent minded.

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Now, I think you're supposed to send this to
A bunch of your friends if you can remember who they are, and
I think something is suppose to happen . . . maybe you will
Get your memory back!


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