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FRIDAY — OCTOBER 28, 2011 - ISSUE NO. 479

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Steve Jobs

I am a couple of hundred pages into the Steve Jobs biography. I think it is the most important secular book that I have ever read. I only wish that I could have read it and understood it years ago. Steve Jobs was a very complex person. He “revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, [wireless] phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.” He changed the world.

I highly recommend this book. Steve Jobs is an example of many, many things we should never do in our dealings with other people, but he is the best example of how to follow our dreams and stick to our ideas — that we know are right — and to never let anyone change our minds.

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Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson: review

The official biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is fascinating for its honest portrait of a single-minded visionary, finds Tim Martin.

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Visionary: Steve Jobs launching the MacBook Air in 2008

By Tim Martin
4:00PM BST 27 Oct 2011

The Telegraph

One passage from Walter Isaacson’s eye-wateringly frank biography of Steve Jobs could well stand as the book’s epigraph. In 2008, with Jobs already in the grip of the pancreatic cancer that would kill him, Fortune magazine began preparing a story on Apple’s mysterious, cult-inspiring figurehead . In unsparing detail, the piece recounted Jobs’s legendary “personal abuses”: his vicious tantrums, his habit of reducing employees to tears, his binary view of a world in which people were either “heroes” or “s---heads”, and his habit of parking his Mercedes in disabled parking spots. On hearing of the article, Jobs peremptorily called Fortune’s managing editor to Apple HQ in Cupertino, California, to demand that it be spiked. Leaning into the man’s face and fixing him with his unblinking stare, Jobs said: “So, you’ve uncovered the fact that I’m an asshole. Why is that news?”

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Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson

This is an authorised biography, commissioned by Jobs shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2003. Given Jobs’s controlling nature and his often vicious defence of his privacy, there were grounds for fear that the official life might be an in-house whitewash, another example of the famous “reality distortion field” that Apple employees felt surrounded their boss.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Jobs, reports Isaacson, maintained that he had “no skeletons in his closet that can’t be allowed out”. He didn’t ask to read the book, though he cavilled about the cover design, and he encouraged his biographer not only to continue grilling him on his deathbed, but to speak as extensively as possible to friends and enemies.

The result is striking: though Isaacson deeply admires his subject’s achievements, they are in constant danger of being eclipsed by the arresting ghastliness of the character that accompanied them. Because Jobs, as this account mercilessly attests, could be a world-class asshole: and after the gushing obituaries, breathless tributes and comparisons to Leonardo, Edison and Elvis that attended his death this month, that is news.

Jobs’s faith in the “power of the will to bend reality” seems to have instilled itself early, fortified by what Isaacson calls a “craziness of the cultivated sort”. Even in the permissive atmosphere of Seventies California, he cut a peculiar figure, padding everywhere in robes and bare feet and deploying a sequence of mannerisms — silences, bursts of energetic speech, and a penetrating glare — that were calculated to unnerve. When meeting people, one friend recalls, “he would stare into their f---ing eyeballs, ask some question, and want a response without the other person averting their eyes”.

The world bent obligingly to his will. He got his first job with the arcade game company Atari by walking into their lobby and refusing to leave until someone hired him. He commissioned his friend Steve Wozniak to design the circuits for the legendary arcade game Breakout, then stiffed him on the commission. In the offices of the fledgling Apple Computer, Inc, he exercised his “instinct to control”, turning down designs for circuit boards because the wires — invisible to the consumer — were not straight enough. Soaking his bare feet in the lavatory, stalking the halls “smelling like a bum” and greeting the efforts of his new employees with a hostile stare and the comment “That design looks like shit”, the 21-year-old CEO was determined, in his own words, to “make a dent in the universe”.

He was worth $256 million by the age of 25. He turned a company founded in a garage into one of the most valuable in the world. He seized on the ideas of others — the graphical user interface for desktop computing, Pixar’s animation division, the MP3 player — and transformed them into things the public wanted, before it knew it wanted them. He was, one former employee noted, “so weirdly charismatic that you almost had to get de-programmed after you talked to him”, and he rode roughshod over employees, friends and lovers. “I could see,” he once said, “what the future of computing was destined to be”: and he devoted his life and much of the happiness of those around him to making it happen.

His hiring was as brutal as his firing: “Everything you’ve done in your life is s---,” he told one prospective employee, “so why don’t you come and work for me?” One manager said the only way she could get through her routine consultations with him was to “pretend I’m already dead”.

Yet colleagues at Apple maintained that such abrasive behaviour, coupled with Jobs’s inflexible refusal to take no for an answer, forced them into doing the best work of their lives. “We learned to accept ‘This is s---’ as a code that meant ‘Tell me why this is the best way to do it’,” reports one.

If such accounts carry a whiff of Stockholm syndrome , the efficiency of the results speaks for itself. “Don’t be afraid,” Jobs would say, gazing deep into his interlocutor’s eyes. “Yes, you can do it. Get your mind around it. You can do it.” They would.

Isaacson organises his material well and writes with a pacy, demotic style, though the speed with which this book was rushed out after Jobs’s death is occasionally noticeable at the copy-editing level. There are moments of poor discrimination — a sterner editorial eye on the segments about office design might have been desirable, for example — and Isaacson’s choice of rousing chapter titles from Shakespeare, Dylan, Yeats and the Beatles seems laughably pompous, as when he offers an account of Jobs’s return to Apple in the Nineties under the title “The Second Coming: What Rough Beast, Its Hour Come Round at Last”.

Taken as a whole, though, this is a riveting book, with as much to say about the transformation of modern life in the information age as about its supernaturally gifted and driven subject for whom “a person was either a hero or a bozo, a product was either amazing or s---” but who “could be stymied by things that were more complex, shaded or nuanced: getting married, buying the right sofa, committing to run a company”.

In the end we can’t help but agree with Isaacson’s assessment: “Was he smart? No, not exceptionally. Instead, he was a genius.”

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RIM faces possible class action suit over BlackBerry outages

by John Ribeiro, IDG News Service Oct 27, 2011 7:45 am

Research In Motion faces a possible class action lawsuit over recent outages in its BlackBerry services earlier this month, and a trademark infringement complaint for its use of the BBX name for its upcoming platform for its tablets and smartphones.

Consumer Law Group (CLG), a Canadian law firm, said Tuesday it has filed in the Quebec Superior Court a proposed national class action lawsuit against RIM on behalf of individuals who have BlackBerry smartphones and pay for a monthly data plan, but were unable to access their email, BlackBerry Messenger service, or Internet from Oct. 11 to Oct. 14.

The lawsuit was filed by CLG on behalf of the lead plaintiff, M. Blackette, a BlackBerry customer with a data plan from a local operator.

“The lawsuit is only dealing with the refund of people’s data plan charges during the outage. No punitive damages, nor inconvenience is being claimed,” said Jeff Orenstein, a CLG attorney, in an email. “Plain and simple: if you pay for a service you should receive it. And if you don’t, you should be entitled to get your money back.”

RIM has not been served with a complaint at this time, and will formally respond to the matter in due course, the company said in a statement.

In a separate action in the U.S., a software company said it filed a complaint on Monday in the United States District Court, District of New Mexico, alleging that RIM’s use of the BBX name infringes its trademark for its software. Basis International of Albuquerque, New Mexico said it had written on Oct. 19 through its counsel to RIM, a day after RIM announced the new platform, asking it to cease all use of the BBX mark.

Basis said last week it had taken legal action to preserve and protect its “longstanding ownership” of the BBx trademarked operating system-independent language, database, and toolset, but did not specify the action.

RIM said last week it had not yet seen the legal complaint from Basis, but did not believe the marks are confusing because the two companies are in different lines of business.

The Blackberry service disruptions affected customers in North America , Latin America, and EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa). RIM said the disruption was caused by a failure of a core switch within its infrastructure. Although the system was designed to failover to a back-up switch, the failover did not function as previously tested, creating a large backlog of data that RIM had to clear.

RIM tried to placate irate customers with an apology from president and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis. It later said it will give away apps worth over $100 to consumers “as an expression of appreciation for their patience during the recent service disruptions”. It also offered enterprise customers one month of free support to help make up for the problems.

The right to download specific free apps does not properly compensate BlackBerry users who have paid for services that they were unable to use, according to the motion to authorize the bringing of a class action filed before the Quebec court.

The respondent has failed to take action to either directly or indirectly compensate BlackBerry users by arranging for wireless service providers to refund their customers and to take full responsibility for damages, it added.

Updated at 10:30 a.m. PT with a comment from RIM.

Source: Macworld

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Oct. 26, 2011, 4:30 p.m. EDT

USA Mobility Reports Third Quarter Operating Results; Board Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

Wireless and Software Businesses Record Solid Performances; Record High Margins Posted for Wireless and Total Company; Debt Balance Further Reduced

SPRINGFIELD, Va., Oct 26, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — USA Mobility, Inc. (USMO +1.25%), a leading provider of wireless messaging, mobile voice and data and unified communications solutions, today announced operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011. In addition, the Company's Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share, payable on December 9, 2011 to stockholders of record on November 18, 2011.

Total revenue for the third quarter was $61.5 million. Revenue from the Company's Wireless business (USA Mobility Wireless) was $48.6 million, compared to $52.1 million in the second quarter and $56.7 million in the third quarter of 2010. Revenue from the Software business (Amcom Software) was $12.9 million, compared to $13.1 million in the second quarter. Software maintenance revenue was reduced by $1.5 million for purchase accounting adjustments in the third quarter, compared to a reduction of $2.6 million in the second quarter. Excluding purchase accounting adjustments, Software revenue for the third quarter would have been $14.4 million.

Third quarter EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and accretion) totaled $21.3 million, compared to $21.4 million in the second quarter. EBITDA from Wireless was $19.9 million, compared to $20.4 million in the prior quarter and $22.0 million in the year-earlier quarter. EBITDA from Software was $1.4 million compared to $1.0 million in the second quarter. Excluding purchase accounting adjustments, third quarter consolidated EBITDA would have been $22.8 million or 36.2 percent of revenue.

Net income for the third quarter was $10.4 million, or $0.46 per fully diluted share, compared to $18.6 million, or $0.82 per fully diluted share, in the second quarter and $15.4 million, or $0.69 per fully diluted share, in the year- earlier quarter. Excluding the purchase accounting adjustments and one-time items, net income for the third quarter of 2011 would have been $11.6 million, or $0.51 per fully diluted share, compared to $14.9 million, or $0.66 per fully diluted share, for the second quarter of 2011 and $13.2 million, or $0.59 per fully diluted share, for the third quarter of 2010.

Third quarter results included:


  • Net unit losses were 58,000 in the third quarter, compared to 49,000 in the second quarter and 77,000 in the third quarter of 2010. Units in service at September 30, 2011 totaled 1,721,000, compared to 1,950,000 at September 30, 2010. The annual rate of subscriber erosion improved to 11.7 percent from 12.2 percent in the second quarter and 15.1 percent in the year-ago quarter, while the quarterly rate of unit erosion was 3.3 percent, compared to 2.7 percent in the second quarter and 3.8 percent in the year-earlier quarter.
  • The annual rate of revenue erosion was 14.4 percent in the third quarter, compared to 11.9 percent in the second quarter and 18.4 percent in the year-earlier quarter. The quarterly rate of revenue erosion was 6.8 percent, compared to 0.8 percent in the second quarter and 4.1 percent in the year-earlier quarter.
  • Total ARPU (average revenue per unit) was $8.59 in the third quarter, compared to $8.74 in the second quarter and $8.85 in the third quarter of 2010.
  • EBITDA margin (or EBITDA as a percentage of revenue) for Wireless was 41.1 percent, compared to 39.2 percent in the second quarter and 38.8 percent in the year-earlier quarter (or 37.4 percent absent the one-time benefits).


  • Bookings for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 were $14.2 million, compared to $15.2 million in the second quarter.
  • Backlog was $21.3 million at September 30th, compared to $20.5 million at June 30th.
  • Of the $12.9 million in Software revenue for the third quarter, $4.6 million was maintenance revenue and $8.3 million was operations revenue, compared to $3.2 million and $9.9 million, respectively, of the $13.1 million in Software revenue for the prior quarter.
  • The renewal rate for maintenance in the third quarter was 99.6 percent.
  • EBITDA margin for Software was 10.3 percent, compared to 8.0 percent in the second quarter.

Total Company

  • Operating expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization and accretion) totaled $40.2 million in the third quarter, with $28.6 million for Wireless and $11.6 million for Software, compared to operating expenses of $43.7 million in the second quarter, with $31.7 million for Wireless and $12.0 million for Software.
  • Consolidated EBITDA margin was 34.6 percent, compared to 32.9 percent in the second quarter.
  • Capital expenses were $1.8 million, compared to $1.7 million in the third quarter of 2010.
  • Dividends paid to stockholders totaled $5.5 million in the third quarter.
  • The Company's cash balance at September 30, 2011 was $40.6 million.
  • The Company retired $9.6 million of bank debt during the third quarter. The outstanding debt balance at September 30, 2011 was $28.3 million at an interest rate of 5.25 percent.

"Despite a still challenging economy, we again made excellent progress during the quarter in both our Wireless and Software businesses," said Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer. "Results either met or exceeded our key performance targets and were consistent with the adjusted financial guidance we revised last quarter. On the Wireless side, we were pleased to see continued improvement in the annual rate of paging subscriber and revenue erosion, while posting record margins. This will be the seventh consecutive year since our formation in late 2004 where we have expanded our operating margins. Additionally, our Software subsidiary, Amcom Software, recorded a strong quarter in a tough economic environment with solid bookings and a growing backlog. In addition, we continued to maintain high operating margins, reduce expenses, pay down debt incurred with the Amcom acquisition, and generate sufficient cash flow to again return capital to stockholders in the form of dividend distributions."

Kelly said USA Mobility's Wireless business continued to focus its sales efforts around the core market segments of Healthcare, Government and Large Enterprise during the quarter. The three segments represented 89.8 percent of the Company's direct subscriber base and 85.0 percent of its direct paging revenue at the end of the quarter. "Healthcare now represents 66.3 percent of our direct customer base," Kelly noted, "and continues to be our best performing market segment with the highest rate of gross placements and lowest rate of net unit loss. Gross placements of paging units within Healthcare totaled 42,000 during the quarter, while the net loss rate among Healthcare accounts was 1.8 percent. Our Healthcare segment continues to benefit from two primary factors: (1) recognition by customers that the acquisition of Amcom underscores our long-term commitment to the Healthcare segment; and (2) recognition among providers that paging offers well-defined cost and reliability advantages that enable them to meet their most critical messaging needs."

Commenting on the Company's Software business, Christopher Heim, president of Amcom Software, said: "Amcom continued to see strong bookings during the quarter. Demand was strongest in North American hospitals where we sold software solutions for call center management, emergency notification, critical smartphone messaging, and clinical middleware. We also experienced good sales activity in the U.S. government sector and in our Australian market. As a result, we ended the quarter with a solid backlog and pipeline of new business opportunities. In addition, we continued to identify cross-selling opportunities for both Software and Wireless sales teams with the goal of enhancing sales prospects for each line of business."

Shawn E. Endsley, chief financial officer, said the Company continued to reduce operating expenses and further retired bank debt during the third quarter. "Recurring operating expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization and accretion) for Wireless decreased 19.4 percent from the year-earlier quarter," Endsley noted, "exceeding the 14.4 percent rate of Wireless revenue decline. In addition, we repaid $9.6 million in bank debt incurred in connection with the Amcom acquisition, reducing our outstanding balance to $28.3 million at September 30th while maintaining a cash balance of $40.6 million."

Regarding financial guidance for 2011, Endsley said the Company is maintaining its prior guidance based on current trends. The Company provides financial guidance (schedule attached) for both the full-year, assuming the acquisition of Amcom Software had occurred on January 1, 2011, and with an adjusted guidance range, which reflects Software's results from March 3, 2011 (the date of the acquisition) along with the required purchase accounting adjustments to maintenance revenue. As such, Endsley said the Company expects total revenues for 2011 to range from $235 million to $248 million, with Wireless between $193 million and $200 million and Software between $42 million and $48 million; operating expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization and accretion) to range from $162 million to $174 million, with Wireless between $127 million and $134 million and Software between $35 million and $40 million; and capital expenses to range from $6.5 million to $9 million, with Wireless between $6 million and $8 and Software between $0.5 million and $1 million.

USA Mobility plans to host a conference call for investors on its third quarter operating results at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, October 27, 2011. Dial-in numbers for the call are 719-457-2630 or 888-293-6979. The pass code for the call is 7247712. A replay of the call will be available from 1:00 p.m. ET on October 27 until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, November 10. Replay numbers are 719-457-0820 or 888-203-1112. The pass code for the replay is 7247712.

About USA Mobility

USA Mobility, Inc., headquartered in Springfield, Virginia, is a comprehensive provider of reliable and affordable wireless communications solutions to the healthcare, government, large enterprise and emergency response sectors. In addition, through its Amcom Software subsidiary, it provides mission critical unified communications solutions for hospitals, contact centers, emergency management, mobile event notification and messaging. As a single-source provider, USA Mobility's focus is on the business-to-business marketplace and supplying wireless connectivity solutions to organizations nationwide. The Company operates the largest one-way paging and advanced two-way paging networks in the United States. USA Mobility also offers mobile voice and data services through Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile, including BlackBerry® smartphones and GPS location applications. The Company's product offerings include customized wireless connectivity systems for the healthcare, government and other campus environments. USA Mobility also offers M2M (machine-to-machine) telemetry solutions for numerous applications that include asset tracking, utility meter reading and other remote device monitoring applications on a national scale. For further information visit and .

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act: Statements contained herein or in prior press releases which are not historical fact, such as statements regarding USA Mobility's future operating and financial performance, are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause USA Mobility's actual results to be materially different from the future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expectations include, but are not limited to, declining demand for paging products and services, the ability to continue to reduce operating expenses, future capital needs, competitive pricing pressures, competition from both traditional paging services and other wireless communications services, government regulation, reliance upon third-party providers for certain equipment and services, as well as other risks described from time to time in periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although USA Mobility believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. USA Mobility disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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Based in Coppell, Texas, a suburb of Dallas/Fort Worth, and located just five minutes north of the DFW Airport, PSSI receives, repairs and ships approximately 4,000 discrete units each day.

  • PSSI is ISO certified and has comprehensively integrated robust lean manufacturing processes and systems that enable us to deliver timely and benchmark quality results.
  • PSSI is certified for Levels III and IV repair by a wide variety of OEMs including, for example, Motorola, Nokia, Sony/Ericsson, Samsung, Stanley and LG.
  • PSSI ’s service center is a state-of-the-art facility, complete with multiple wireless test environments and board-level repair capabilities.
  • PSSI ’s state-of-the-art and proprietary Work-In-Process (WIP) systems, and its Material Planning and Warehouse Management systems, enable PSSI to track discrete units by employee, work center, lot, model, work order, location and process through the entire reverse logistics process. Access to this information can be provided to our customers so that they can track the real-time movement of their products.

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Davicom Climbs a Mountain

by Dan Roach
on 10-26-2011

KELOWNA, B.C. — Over the years, Vancouver-based S.W. Davis Broadcast Technical Services, the contract engineering firm for which I work, has installed a variety of transmitter remote control systems. Of course some of them have turned out better than others. One our most gratifying installations was just a couple of years ago, in Kelowna, B.C., for K963, CKKO(FM).

davicom FM site selection in British Columbia’s interior can be a trade-off involving expense, difficulty and performance.The mountainous terrain guarantees that you will have multipath; it’s just a question of how much and where. And a site that is way, way up and offers great overall coverage may not serve your core market as well as something more modest, especially if you’re worried about stereo performance.

Mountaintop Tx

All of this is by way of explanation: K963’s transmitter site is on an isolated ledge on the north face of Okanagan Mountain, and offers better stereo coverage in Kelowna than most of the other mountaintops that have been tried over the years. But it’s difficult to get to at any time, especially in the winter: a horrible road, lots of snow and generally foggy conditions make it hard to access by truck or helicopter. And it’s a very long hike!

This was a site begging for a good remote control system, but there were complications.

There are no telco facilities available there, and we haven’t had very good luck in the past in these parts with the interface offerings from the wireless companies. Satellite phones remain an option, but the dollar signs involved would have our client reeling.

In this case, we decided to try a pair of the low-cost unlicensed 5.8 GHz outdoor wireless radio IP bridges that have become popular in recent years. At the site, we installed a Davicom MiniMAC II in the normal fashion, but with its Ethernet connection to the studios via the microwave radio, and no dial-up connection at all.

The installation was straightforward, as we find it generally is. Davicom setup and calibration is a logical and well-thought-out process, and thankfully there are few surprises. We find the MiniMAC has ample I/O channels for all but the largest installations (and the new expansion options increasingly make me wonder why we’d need to order one of the bigger units at all).

And luckily for us it can communicate in many ways: Whether you want to get your alerts via voice commands to your landline or cellular phone, numerically via pager, on your computer via modem or LAN or even if you want the details faxed to your office, it’s just a matter of configuration.

(I used to snicker about the fax option, thinking that it was primarily intended for those technicians that were very busy on the golfing green, but I must admit that it has come in handy at several installations over the years. And there’s nothing quite as convenient as a detailed fax printout of a log to help you analyze what really did happen on that mountaintop at 3 a.m.)

In this case, we had our studio engineering computer linked up to the Davicom over the radio link in no time, running the included MacComm software just as if we had dialed in via landline to any other site ... MacComm presents the same look and feel, regardless of communications medium. That’s very comforting.

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Well, what about alert modes? The most practical approach seemed to be to connect our link up to the Internet via the studio’s office network, and use emails to alert our technical staff. It all looked straightforward, but for me this was untrodden territory and I didn’t have a helpful IT person on-hand to help with the details. I read the manual, plunked in the most likely numbers, and managed to get a “future” email account for our MiniMAC from the mail administrator. I couldn't even test my results, because the new mail account wouldn't be activated for a few days, by which time I’d be elsewhere, working on another project. Oh well! Maybe we’ll get this working next time I’m in town.

You’ve got mail

Imagine my surprise, just a week or two later, several hundred miles away in Vancouver, when the K963 MiniMAC started sending me unsolicited alert emails, in clear plain text, at 4:30 one morning. It looked like there was a problem with the main transmitter.

I called up the station’s technical person (he had also received this strange email) and we arranged for him to attend at the site.

I battled the elements and the fallen trees across the road, fought my way up the mountainside, arrived at the transmitter site, opened the door, and surely enough, one of the redundant power supplies has failed. The transmitter power was down by 40 percent or so.

I’ve seldom been so delighted by equipment failure. Here was our MiniMAC, unexpectedly but accurately reporting a problem that otherwise would not have been detected until the next site visit (and visits to this site are measured on one hand for a year’s worth).

In this case, the alert was the most important part. We had a replacement power supply sent by the transmitter maker and everything back to full power and normal parameters in short order. The toughest part was explaining to the station manager how we knew enough to install the remote control system just before something was going to break.

Frankly, wouldn't all of our emergencies be so much easier to handle, if we could just schedule them for our convenience?

This was our first installation of a remote control system working solely with a private IP connection, but it won’t be the last. It’s plain to see that we’re going to be dealing more and more with this type of communication at our sites. And the little Davicom MiniMAC came right out of the gate, exceeding expectations.

Dan Roach is an engineer with S.W. Davis Broadcast Technical Services.

For information, contact Guy Fournier at Davicom in Quebec at (877) 282-3380 or visit .

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October 24, 2011 09:37 ET

TeleCommunication Systems' Commercial Mobile Alert System Receives FEMA Certification

Company Successfully Meets FEMA CMAS Standards Compliance

ANNAPOLIS, MD — (Marketwire - Oct 24, 2011) — TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, today announced it has received certification by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for its Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS). The company successfully met FEMA's CMAS ATIS/TIA J-102 (Section 5.3-Inter-Gateway Test Cases) standards testing in order to qualify for the certification.

With this CMAS certification, wireless carriers utilizing TCS' system are assured of interoperability testing (IOT) compliance in time for the April 7, 2012 CMAS implementation deadline and will not need to spend additional time and resources going through the testing process. There are approximately 140 wireless carriers who have opted to participate in FEMA's program, either in full or in part.

"FEMA is the independent, impartial evaluator of CMAS, and TCS is honored to have received its solution interoperability certification," said Jay Whitehurst, senior vice president, commercial software for TCS. "Wireless carriers who are participating in the CMAS program can now purchase access to a proven, easily deployed and already-certified CMAS solution."

CMAS is the result of an executive order signed by the president in October 2006 which mandated the development of an emergency alert system for U.S. residents to be delivered via mobile phones. Over the past five years, FEMA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), TCS and others have developed a standard which uses cell broadcast technology to ensure that emergency messages will not be caught up in point-to-point congestion that can occur during an emergency. CMAS will deliver 90-character, geographically targeted alerts about imminent threats to life and property, Presidential Alerts (such as a notification of a terrorist attack) and AMBER alerts. Mobile phone subscribers in the area at risk will receive the alerts in the form of a short text message and a special sound and vibration on any CMAS-compliant handset. The alert will notify mobile phone users of the emergency and tell them how to obtain additional information regarding it.

As the leading U.S.-based technology provider for text messaging, public safety and location solutions, TCS powered the delivery of nearly one trillion text messages and half of all wireless 9-1-1 calls in 2010 alone. With the nation's only non-carrier TL 9000-certified network operations center (NOC), as well as extensive provision of E9-1-1, text messaging, and location-based services, TCS possesses the experience and technical capabilities necessary to position carrier customers to meet the FCC's CMAS requirements. For additional information on TCS' CMAS solution, please visit: .

About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) is a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology. TCS infrastructure forms the foundation for market leading solutions in E9-1-1, text messaging, commercial location and deployable wireless communications. TCS is at the forefront of new mobile cloud computing services providing wireless applications for navigation, hyper-local search, asset tracking, social applications and telematics. Millions of consumers around the world use TCS wireless apps as a fundamental part of their daily lives. Government agencies utilize TCS' cyber security expertise, professional services, and highly secure deployable satellite solutions for mission-critical communications. Headquartered in Annapolis, MD, TCS maintains technical, service and sales offices around the world. To learn more about emerging and innovative wireless technologies, visit .

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements as defined within Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and are based upon TCS' current expectations and assumptions that if incorrect would cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Risks include without limitation those detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2011.

Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances, or otherwise.

Source: Marketwire

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Hi Brad –

I have 50-60 Daviscomms TMR1F one-way pagers. About 10 of them have the internal antenna and the rest have the BNC connector. I would say about 40 of these have never been used — many are still in the original packaging. The reason that we are selling them is because we are hoping to transition to a cellular network. We also have around 125 flat antennas with BNC connectors. These antennas work very well — better than the duck antennas we typically saw on the units. They have an adhesive backing and can be mounted flat on top of a machine. I have attached a flyer that we made about the antennas. I would be happy with $40 OBO for the receivers and $5 OBO for the antennas — but if someone takes everything, I will sell it for $35 for the receivers and $5 for the antennas. I can take credit card or check.

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Of the 61 TMRs with the BNC Connectors, 43 of them are still in the original packaging, the rest were lightly used. All of them have had my labels removed and just need to be reprogrammed and put back into service. Again, I would prefer to sell everything to one buyer.

Thanks –

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Nest Learning Thermostat: Shiny Toy or Serious Tool?

By RP Siegel
October 27th, 2011

nest cooling It looks a bit like a hockey puck, but it’s designed to keep your home warm in the winter, while cooling it in the summer. But while it is indeed slick, it’s a lot smarter than a hockey puck; so smart, in fact that it can learn. I’m talking, of course, of the Nest Learning Thermostat.

It seems that the folks at Nest Labs, a group that includes a number of Apple expatriates such as Tony Fadell, former head of the iPod Division and Matt Rogers, the iPhone’s lead engineer, decided that the lowly thermostat was a device that had been under-innovated and was too important to be left in the dark ages.

According to CEO and co-founder Faddell, “It was unacceptable to me that the device that controls 10 percent of all energy consumed in the U.S. hadn't kept up with advancements in technology and design.”

This, then, is clearly the thermostat for the iPhone generation. What does it do?

It programs itself. This is a programmable thermostat, like the ones you remember from the 90’s, only you don’t need an engineering degree to program it. Instead, you simply set it to whatever temperature you want, whenever, you want it, turning it down when you go to bed, or leave for work, then turning it back up when you wake or when you return home. After a few days, the thermostat learns your schedule and implements it.

But that’s only the beginning. The Nest tracks your settings, then encourages you to use more energy efficient ones, displaying a green leaf when you have saved and showing you your percent savings through your Energy History.

Occupancy sensors determine when the house is empty and turns down the heat when it is. This feature is called AutoAway.

Better yet, the Nest can connect to your wi-fi which means you can connect to it over the Internet or with your smart phone. That let’s you check your energy usage, or adjust your settings remotely. This could be handy if you are coming home unexpectedly and want the house warmed up by the time you get there, or if you are stuck at work, you can postpone the warm-up time till your expected arrival, thus saving energy.

The Nest is beautifully designed, with an elegant user-interface, as one would expect from this pedigreed design team and with backing from the likes of Google Ventures, Kleiner-Perkins and other big name VCs. At $249, it’s certainly not cheap, but it should be a hit with totally-connected gadget lovers.

The only remaining question is, does it actually save energy? When all the niceties are peeled away, what you have here is, in essence, a very well-implemented programmable thermostat and an energy monitoring system, the likes of which we can expect to see more of as smart meters make their way into homes.

Both of these are purported to save energy, though figuring how much they actually save is pretty difficult.

Let’s start with the programmable thermostat. Savings from setting back the temperature while you are away can be a somewhat tricky business. Because there are energy penalties associated with letting the house cool down and then heating it up again, there are limits to what can be saved. Clearly if you are away for a whole day, then you will save energy by turning down the temperature, then turning it back up again when you return. But if you are away for just an hour, then it probably won’t. It‘s not exactly clear where the breakeven point is, because that will vary for each home as well as the weather conditions at the time.

According to energy efficiency specialist Ted Kidd, “Big savings are not achieved by temporary temperature reductions of the home. In fact, reducing air temperature in the home means high mass items like couches and beds get cold and stay cold. People bump thermostats to counteract the additional comfort challenge this introduces, so some setback strategies may really cost energy. And all of this approach to ‘conservation’ implies sacrifice, living with less comfort.”

The fact is, programmable setback thermostats were removed from the EPA’s Energy Star program at the end of 2009, because people were having difficulty using them properly and because the energy savings that were being claimed could not be substantiated.

While it is true that the state of the art in electronic controls has advanced considerably since the mid 90’s, when programmables first came on the scene, there is a limiting factor that won’t go away for a while. That is the fact that the “standard interface” between furnaces and thermostat are essentially limited to a minimal amount of information, which is little more than, “turn on,” and “turn off.”

So, regardless of how much sophistication is provided at the front end, where the user is, the back end is more or less limited to the standard furnace interface, unless or until some new non-proprietary standard is developed that allows for a much richer data set to be exchanged between the two pieces of equipment regardless of manufacturer.

Does it matter? In a word, yes. If you look at what a manufacturer like Carrier has done with their Infinity series furnaces and air conditioners, they have a proprietary interface between their HVAC equipment and their top-of-the-line communicating thermostat, which, ironically, was designed by Ideo, the same design firm that created the original Apple mouse.

This system, which admittedly costs between $10,000-15,000, not only allows electronic remote access at the front end through the Skytel radio network, (a wi-fi version is in the works), but on the back end, it can interact with multi-stage burners, variable speed fans, zone control dampers, duct static pressure sensors and heat recovery ventilators to provide highly accurate and efficient multi-zone temperature control, as well as fresh air ventilation, humidity control, embedded diagnostics and airflow control that compensates for ductwork variability. What that means in a nutshell, that with such a rich set of sensors and actuators, the performance can be much more highly tuned.

With this much information available at the furnace end, I am sure that Nest, which does collect information about humidity and light, in addition to temperature and activity at the user end, could provide comparable results. But since they are not making the furnaces, only the thermostats, they are limited to the information that can pass through the standard interface.

On the other hand, some of Nest’s interface features that provide feedback on energy consumption could actually turn out to deliver more savings than the setback feature. For example, The Nest thermostat has a feature called “time to temperature,” which displays the amount of time it will take to heat or cool the home. This information is intended to prevent people from oversetting the temperature with the idea that when they turn it up higher, it will heat the room up faster, which, by the way, it won’t. What happens instead is that the home becomes overheated and the owner ends up opening the windows to cool it back down, wasting a ton of energy in the process.

What’s more, Nest also provides a website that shows you how much energy, and money you are saving, a classic example of behavior modification. This kind of direct immediate feedback is also much of the impetus behind smart meters, where it is used to monitor and reduce household electrical usage.

Could this be a case of terrific industrial design and software wizardry whizzing right past the basic laws of physics and the principles of engineering? I wouldn't go so far as to say that. In fact, I’m confident that the Nest Learning Thermostat will save energy, especially for users who take the time to inform themselves as to the best ways to utilize its capabilities. And I have little doubt that a robust user community will sprout up to propagate just this kind of information. And with the user feedback capability it provides, with its highly appealing interface, users will enjoy getting more involved in their home’s energy management, which is bound to be beneficial for most of the people, most of the time.

RP Siegel, PE is the President of Rain Mountain LLC. He is also the co-author of the eco-thriller Vapor Trails, the first in a series covering the human side of various sustainability issues including energy, food, and water.

Source: TriplePundit

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Vol. 14, No. 39 October 26, 2011

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USF/ICC Reform Tops FCC Agenda for Tomorrow’s Open Meeting

The FCC’s “Sunshine Agenda” for tomorrow’s open meeting (October 27) includes the Commission’s long-awaited decision on Universal Service Fund (USF) and intercarrier compensation (ICC) reform:

Connect America Fund (WC Docket No. 10-90) ; A National Broadband Plan for Our Future (GN Docket No. 09-51); Establishing Just and Reasonable Rates for Local Exchange Carriers (WC Docket No. 07-135); High-Cost Universal Service Support (WC Docket No. 05-337); Developing a Unified Intercarrier Compensation Regime (CC Docket No. 01-92); Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service (CC Docket No. 96-45); Lifeline and Linkup (WC Docket No. 03-109) and Mobility Fund (WT Docket No. 10-208). The Commission will consider a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) to comprehensively reform and modernize the USF and ICC systems to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable broadband and mobile services.

Standardized and Enhanced Disclosure Requirements for Television Broadcast Licensee Public Interest Obligations (MM Docket No. 00-168) ; Extension of the Filing Requirement For Children's Television Programming Report (FCC Form 398) (MM Docket No. 00-44). The Commission will consider an Order on Reconsideration of the 2007 Enhanced Disclosure Report and Order and a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to replace television broadcast stations' public files with online public files to be hosted by the Commission.

The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau will provide a brief update on the status of preparations for the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System to be held on November 9, 2011, at 2 p.m. EST

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  • BloostonLaw in the News: Ben Dickens cited in “Fortune” article on xG Technology.
  • Rural associations write Obama about concerns with FCC’s USF/ICC order.
  • Cell Phone study finds no increased cancer risks.
  • Bryson confirmed as Commerce Secretary.
  • Randy Houdek reelected to NECA board.

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Ben Dickens Cited in “Fortune” Article on xG Technology

BloostonLaw Senior Partner Ben Dickens has been quoted in a Fortune Magazine article about xG Technology’s “Super Wi-Fi,” which transmits long-range signals using the empty "white spaces" that exist between local TV stations. The article, titled Rural America’s (Other) Great Broadband Hope, also appears in CNN Money online.

Dickens commented on the unique features of xG’s wireless technology and its utility in rural areas. xG is testing its technology in a trial with Townes Telecommunications, an Arkansas local exchange carrier (LEC) and provider of Internet service. By mounting antennas on schools and water towers, the companies hope to build a flexible network that will be able to link a farmhouse to the Internet or a cell phone to the phone network, according to Fortune.

The ability to have the network also support cell phone calls is particularly appealing to Townes, which like every other LEC has been losing landline customers to cellular competitors. Until now, there has not been a cost effective way to fight back.

In the past, Fortune noted, companies that have attempted to build wireless networks to circumvent existing wired networks have not fared well. The earlier "fixed wireless" companies, such as Winstar and Teligent, spent billions before filing for bankruptcy protection. Clearwire, which was supposed to finally popularize fixed wireless, is unprofitable and its stock is down 80% in the past year, according to Fortune. It added that efforts to create "mesh networks" that would blanket cities in Wi-Fi coverage have also failed to turn profits despite the backing of companies such as Earthlink.

However, xG's Rick Rotondo told Fortune that there is reason to believe that this time will finally be different. He says xG has overcome what was supposed to be one major limitation of the free white spaces, the low power limits that the FCC placed on phones and other "personal communications devices," according to Fortune. Mobile devices using the white spaces may transmit using at most a tenth of a watt of power, while a cell phone can blast out a full watt or more when it needs to.

Nevertheless, Rotondo says that xG can get such phones to transmit 3 megabits per second to the towers. xG accomplishes this by using multiple antennas and smarter signal processing in its towers. Download speeds will be twice as fast, Rotondo told Fortune. In rural areas he says xG can reliably hit those speeds at distances of four miles.

The company recently completed trials with the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss, Oklahoma. Results have not yet been released.

xG is a client of the Firm, and Ben Dickens serves on its Advisory Board. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky and Ben Dickens.

Rural Associations Write Obama With Concerns About FCC’s USF/ICC Order

The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telephone Companies (OPASTCO), and the Western Telecommunications Alliance (WTA) have written President Obama regarding the FCC’s forthcoming Universal Service Fund (USF)/intercarrier compensation (ICC) order (see separate story in Page 1 box).

In their October 21 letter, the associations applauded the President’s efforts to ensure that every American has a broadband connection and can benefit from the economic, job and marketplace opportunities that advanced communications technology provides. Likewise, they fully supported the President’s initiative to scale back unnecessary regulations that are burdensome on entrepreneurs and otherwise impair the nation’s economic health. However, the associations expressed concern that the FCC may not share that same commitment.

They said the FCC’s direction with the USF/ICC proceeding is inconsistent with the White House’s vision and direction. Whereas the Administration has announced its commitment to broadband deployment and regulatory reforms that will spur job creation and overall economic expansion, the associations said, the FCC is preparing reform measures that will completely undercut such investment and growth by sidestepping the broadband issue while simultaneously cultivating an environment of continuing regulatory and economic uncertainty throughout much of rural America.

“Mr. President, the hundreds of rural telecom providers represented by our associations want to ensure their communities are part of the broadband fabric of our global world. These small businesses are dedicated to not only maintaining their networks, but also to evolving them to make sure they meet the technological and competitive challenges of the era in which we live. The well thought out USF/ICC reform proposals the rural telecom industry put forward as part of the Consensus Framework to the FCC during its proceeding must be given consideration. These proposals, unlike the FCC’s theories and hypotheses, align with your administration’s goals for job creation and the economic recovery of our country. They also provide the assurance that all rural consumers have affordable access to broadband,” the associations wrote.

The associations pointed to recent remarks made by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Undersecretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager, and an October 21 letter from Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Administrator Jonathan Adelstein to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski that “suggested that USDA and RUS were hopeful that the FCC would get USF/ICC reform right but that if they do not, the USDA and RUS stand ready to help ensure rural telcos ultimately receive the support they need to adequately serve their rural consumers. Aren't we all on the same team here? The FCC’s independent status notwithstanding, the agency has an obligation and a responsibility to respectfully work with the rest of the government and the public sector alike in the pursuit of policies that are in the best interest of the nation, and not the mere fulfillment of the agency’s own agenda.”

In conclusion, the associations said: “Mr. President, your administration has been visible and vocal about the need for broadband deployment and job creation and why they are essential for ensuring America’s economic health and leadership. We cannot afford to let one agency derail these laudable goals and all the good that has already been accomplished in this regard.”

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

Cell Phone Study Finds No Increased Cancer Risks

A study of nearly 360,000 cellphone users in Denmark found no increased risk of brain tumors with long-term use of cell phones, according to the New York Times and ABC News. But the results are not likely to end the debate over the health effects of wireless handsets because the study focused on cellphone subscriptions rather than actual use, and did not count people who had corporate subscriptions or who used cellphones without a long-term contract. According to the Times, a small to moderate increase in risk of cancer among heavy users of cellphones for 10 to 15 years or longer still “cannot be ruled out,” the investigators wrote.

The Times reported that the findings, published in the British medical journal BMJ as an update of a 2007 report, come nearly five months after a World Health Organization (WHO) panel concluded that cellphones are “possibly carcinogenic.” Last year, a 13-country study called “Interphone” also found no overall increased risk but reported that participants with the highest level of cellphone use had a 40% higher risk of glioma, an aggressive type of brain tumor. However, the Times said, even if the elevated risk of glioma is confirmed, the tumors are relatively rare, and thus individual risk remains minimal.

The Danish study is important because it matches data from a national cancer registry with mobile phone contracts beginning in 1982, the year the phones were introduced in Denmark, until 1995, according to the Times. Because it used a computerized cohort that was tracked through registries and digitized subscriber data, the study avoided the need to contact individuals and thus eliminated problems related to selection and recall bias common in other studies.

The Times said that an accompanying editorial to the study noted that although the results are “reassuring, they must be viewed in the context of about 15 previous studies on cellphones and cancer risk, including those that did detect an association between heavy cellphone use and certain brain tumors.”

Last June, ABC News asked 92 physicians about their own cell phone use. According to ABC, 65% said they hold their handsets up to their ears, and 27% said they use hands-free devices to minimize cancer risks.

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


BRYSON CONFIRMED AS COMMERCE SECRETARY: The U.S. Senate last week confirmed John Bryson to be Secretary of Commerce. He was sworn in on Friday. He succeeds Gary Locke, who stepped down to become U.S. Ambassador to China. Bryson is a former CEO of the power company, Edison International, parent of Southern California Edison; and a former president of the California Public Utilities Commission. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, and Gerry Duffy.

RANDY HOUDEK REELECTED TO NECA BOARD: The National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) has announced the results of elections for its board of directors. Randy Houdek, general manager at Venture Communications Cooperative in Highmore, South Dakota, was reelected to a Subset 3 director seat at the association’s 28th annual member meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. Houdek’s new term begins in January 2012. He has been a board member since July 2005. The 15-member NECA board includes two representatives of Bell Operating Companies (Subset 1), two representatives of companies with greater than $40 million in annual revenues (Subset 2), six representatives from all telephone companies with less than $40 million in revenues (Subset 3), and five outside directors who represent all subsets. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

COMMENT DATES SET FOR NPRM TO STREAMLINE REVIEW OF FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN WIRELESS LICENSES: The FCC has established a comment cycle for its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) initiating a review of policies and procedures that apply to foreign ownership of common carrier, aeronautical en route and aeronautical fixed radio station licensees. (Note: the NPRM does not address foreign ownership of broadcast licensees.) Comments in this IB Docket No. 11-133 proceeding are due December 5, 2011, and replies are due January 4, 2012. The Commission said it seeks to reduce to the extent possible the regulatory costs and burdens imposed on common carrier, aeronautical en route and aeronautical fixed radio station applicants, licensees, and spectrum lessees; provide greater transparency and more predictability with respect to the Commission's foreign ownership filing requirements and review process; and facilitate investment from new sources of capital, while continuing to protect important interests related to national security, law enforcement, foreign policy, and trade policy (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, September 7). Section 310(b)(4) of the Communications Act establishes a 25% benchmark for foreign investment in U.S. companies that directly or indirectly control a U.S. broadcast, common carrier, or aeronautical radio station licensee. It also grants the Commission discretion to allow higher levels of foreign ownership unless such ownership is inconsistent with the public interest. The NPRM seeks comment on proposed measures to revise and simplify the process for reviewing requests for higher levels of foreign ownership in wireless common carrier and aeronautical licensees, and spectrum lessees. The proposed changes would purportedly provide greater transparency and more predictability as to what information the Commission needs to carry out its statutory duties under the Act, and would reduce costs for U.S. wireless carriers seeking approval of foreign ownership above the 25 percent benchmark. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Richard Rubino, and Cary Mitchell.

REPLY DATE EXTENDED FOR NPRM REGARDING CLOSED CAPTIONING FOR CERTAIN IP-DELIVERED VIDEO PROGRAMMING: The FCC has extended until November 1 the deadline for reply comment on its MB Docket No. 11-154 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) that mandate rules for closed captioning of certain video programming delivered using Internet protocol (IP). The Commission seeks comment on rules that would apply to the distributors, providers, and owners of IP-delivered video programming, as well as the devices that display such programming. The NPRM seeks comment on proposals that would better enable individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to view IP-delivered video programming, by requiring that programming be provided with closed captions if it was shown on television with captions after the effective date of the rules adopted pursuant to this proceeding. The FCC also seeks comment on requirements for the devices that are subject to the CVAA's new closed captioning requirements. The Commission said its goal is to require the provision of closed captions with IP-delivered video programming in the manner most helpful to consumers, while ensuring that our regulations do not create undue economic burdens for the distributors, providers, and owners of online video programming. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

SBA OMBUDSMAN AVAILABLE TO SMALL ENTITIES REGARDING FEDERAL ENFORCEMENT, COMPLIANCE MATTERS: The FCC has issued a reminder that the Office of the National Ombudsman, within the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is available to assist small entities with federal agency enforcement and compliance matters. Created by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA), the Ombudsman's Office and 10 regional Small Business Regulatory Fairness Boards (RegFair Boards) facilitate meaningful dialogue between the agencies and small entities. One avenue for assistance is the Ombudsman's written comment procedure. Using a one-page Federal Agency Appraisal Form, a small business may submit to the Ombudsman's Office any complaints, suggestions, or compliments concerning a federal agency's enforcement action. The Ombudsman then forwards this form, along with any additional documentation, to the agency for review. Small entities may obtain additional information on this process, as well as on the RegFair hearing process, by contacting the Ombudsman's Office. The FCC also notes that small businesses may request expedited treatment of an enforcement action against them where they believe that delay may threaten the economic viability of the business. Last, the Ombudsman's Office has asked all agencies to make clear that, if a small entity requests Ombudsman assistance on a matter, the agency will not retaliate in response. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

AUCTION 93 FREEZE ANNOUNCED FOR CERTAIN FM APPLICATIONS, RULEMAKING FILINGS: The FCC’s Media Bureau has announced a freeze, effective immediately, on the following filings:

  • Applications proposing to modify any of the vacant non-reserved band FM allotments scheduled for the Auction 93 (Auction 93 Allotments);
  • Petitions and counterproposals that propose a change in channel, class, community, or reference coordinates for any of the Auction 93 Allotments; and
  • Applications, petitions and counterproposals that fail to fully protect any of the Auction 93 Allotments.

All filings after the October 24 release of the FCC’s Public Notice will be dismissed. This freeze will automatically terminate the day after the filing deadline for post-Auction 93 long form applications. This temporary freeze is designed to promote a more certain and speedy auction process. In Auction 93, the Media and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus will make available through competitive bidding procedures 123 vacant non-reserved band allotments in the FM broadcast service. FM minor change applications, which can now be filed on a first-come first-served basis, must protect the reference coordinates of each of these allotments. Auction 93 is scheduled to begin March 27, 2012. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Richard Rubino, and Cary Mitchell.

FCC MODIFIES CERTAIN ACCESS BPL RULES: The FCC has issued a Second Report and Order (Second Order), which fundamentally affirms its rules for Access Broadband over Power Line (Access BPL) systems. The FCC made some refinements, however, which include the following: (1) modifying the rules to increase the required notch filtering capability for systems operating below 30 MHz from 20 dB to 25 dB; (2) establishing a new alternative procedure for determining site-specific extrapolation factors generally as described in its Request for Further Comment (RFC) and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM); and (3) adopting a definition for the “slant-range distance” used in the BPL measurement guidelines to further clarify its application. The Commission adopted rules for Access BPL systems in 2004 and affirmed those rules in 2006. The BPL rules were challenged by the national association for amateur radio, formally known as the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in ARRL v. FCC . In this case, the court directed the Commission to: 1) make part of the rulemaking record unredacted versions of several staff technical studies which the Commission considered in promulgating the rules, 2) provide a reasonable opportunity for public comment on those studies, and 3) provide a reasoned explanation of its choice of the extrapolation factor for use in measuring radiated emissions from Access BPL systems. In response, the Commission issued its RFC/FNPRM. In the RFC/FNPRM, the Commission took its first step in responding to the directives of the court in ARRL v. FCC and also took that opportunity to review the Access BPL extrapolation factor and propose certain changes to the BPL technical rules that appeared appropriate in view of new information and further consideration of this matter. In the current Second Order, the FCC says it completes its action addressing the court’s concerns and the FCC’s proposals in the RFC/FNPRM. The FCC concludes that the information submitted in response to the RFC/FNPRM does not warrant any changes to the emissions standards or the extrapolation factor. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

NATIONWIDE EAS TEST SET FOR NOVEMBER 9: The FCC has issued a reminder to Emergency Alert System (EAS) Participants ( e.g., broadcasters, cable operators, satellite radio and television service providers and wireline video service providers) that on November 9, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), the Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct the first-ever Nationwide EAS Test. The purpose of the test is to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS as a way to alert the public of national emergencies. The test is diagnostic in nature and is intended to allow the FCC and FEMA to determine how well the nationwide EAS works and to make improvements if necessary. Under the FCC’s rules, all EAS Participants must participate in the nationwide test and must submit test result data to the FCC no later than December 27, 2011 ( i.e. , 45 days following the test). EAS Participants may file the required test result data either in paper format or electronically. EAS Participants that choose to file paper submissions must do so no later than December 27, 2011, and must file an original and one copy of each filing with the Commission by hand, messenger delivery, commercial overnight courier, or by first class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail addressed to the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, ATTN: Nationwide EAS Test, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington DC 20554. EAS Participants must mark the top of each page of their submissions: “Confidential — Not for Public Inspection.” BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

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Special Supplement October 25, 2011

BloostonLaw Compliance Template For FCC’s Open Internet/Net Neutrality Rules

The FCC’s Open Internet/Net Neutrality policies require each fixed and mobile broadband carrier to have a policy in place by November 20. To assist our clients with compliance, we are preparing a template that will address the new requirements, in a fashion similar to our CPNI template. The Open Internet template will cost $375. Please let us know by November 9 if you are interested in obtaining the template. We are also available to help our clients tailor the template as necessary, at our usual hourly rates.


The FCC has published its “Open Internet” or “Network Neutrality” rules in the Federal Register. The rules become effective on November 20 (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, September 21). The Commission’s Report and Order (R&O) establishes protections for broadband service to preserve and reinforce Internet freedom and openness. The Commission adopted three basic protections that are grounded in broadly accepted Internet norms, as well as the FCC’s own prior decisions.

First, transparency: fixed and mobile broadband providers must disclose the network management practices, performance characteristics, and commercial terms of their broadband services.

Second, no blocking: fixed broadband providers may not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; mobile broadband providers may not block lawful Web sites, or block applications that compete with their voice or video telephony services.

Third, no unreasonable discrimination: fixed broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic. The Commission adopted a more limited set of rules for mobile broadband, requiring compliance with the transparency rule and a basic version of the no-blocking rule.

The Open Internet Order also covers key definitions, such as “reasonable network management”, which is likewise broad and which the Commission intends to further develop on a case-by-case basis based upon consumer complaints.

The FCC’s rules are intentionally non-specific in order to provide some flexibility in implementing them for providers. The template, however, will provide suggested procedures and language that can be used by each broadband provider to address its specific circumstances to satisfy the new requirements.

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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1 Motorola Nucleus, 125W, VHF, TX
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