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Greetings Dear Readers, and Friends of Wireless Messaging,

I have done a little reformatting of the newsletter this week. Nothing major — just shuffled things around a bit. There is no order of preference to the ads or articles, and there never has been. I usually put the newer ones near the top.

There are a few more news articles than usual, but small ones so I don't think the total length of the newsletter is any longer.

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A new issue of The Wireless Messaging Newsletter is 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 web. 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 Messaging 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 Messaging communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my web site. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.


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RIM shares battered as questions swirl about future

By Paul Thomasch
NEW YORK | Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:24 pm EDT

blackberry (Reuters) — Investors punished Research In Motion on Friday, driving the stock down 20 percent and raising fresh questions about whether management — and even the company — can overcome a raft of troubles.

The sell-off, which in the first hours of trade wiped out some $3 billion of RIM's market capitalization, underscored how bad times have become for the one-time smartphone leader, once a byword for corporate communication.

One analyst, Edward Snyder of Charter Equity Research, described the quarterly report issued by RIM on Thursday as "another nail in the coffin of management," while others spoke of shock, disappointment and a ticking clock.

The report was chock-full of bad news from the maker of BlackBerry: It posted a sharp drop in quarterly profit, painted a dismal picture for the current quarter and said it now expects to reach only the lower end of an already reduced full-year outlook.

Moreover, it only reinforced a growing sense that the company is in danger of falling too far behind Apple Inc, with its iPhone and iPad, and a host of competitors making devices that run on Google Inc's Android software.

"Investors are telling us that a change needs to happen very quickly. The market is saying that the management are not the right guys to lead the company going forward," said Barry Schwartz, vice president and portfolio manager at Baskin Financial Services.

Run by co-founder Mike Lazaridis and salesman sidekick Jim Balsillie, who joined Lazaridis as co-CEO well before RIM had ever shipped a BlackBerry, the company set it sights on bringing out a tablet computer to compete with Apple's iPad.

But results of the effort — a tablet called the PlayBook — have so far been disastrous. It shipped only about 200,000 PlayBooks to stores in the second quarter, roughly one-third of what analysts expected.

"My guess is they're probably losing money on it significantly," said Avian Securities analyst Matthew Thornton, who nonetheless warned that investors may be getting carried away with worry.

"I think it's a complete overreaction," he said. "Should they be down? Probably. This much? No."

RIM's Nasdaq-listed shares fell 19 percent to $23.81 on Friday, after earlier touching a low of $22.52.

That sort of drop will only increase pressure on senior executives, who have been cajoled to step aside by investors and analysts concerned about repeated failures to execute strategy.

Lazaridis and Balsillie each own more than 5 percent of the company and both also share the role of chairman of the board, which investors complain makes it more difficult for the board to act independently.

RIM says the chairman titles help it sell its devices into emerging markets where the Canadian company has garnered most of its growth in recent years.

Not only do both men have to worry about the security of their jobs, they will almost certainly will be under pressure to take big, dramatic steps to turn around the company. That could mean a break-up or a sale.

"I've got to think that this is an attractive acquisition candidate, especially for private equity," said Thornton. "The valuation is very undemanding. They're still very profitable and cash flow positive. They've a nice recurring revenue base that no other handset manufacturer has."

Just this month an activist investor said it was rallying other shareholders in a bid to empower the board to look at options including spinning off patents or selling the entire company.

Baskin Financial's Schwartz in one more voice joining the chorus for change.

"A dividend needs to be started immediately, share buyback needs to be increased dramatically, management needs to make a change and either an acquisition ... some kind of merger, being taken over," he said. "That will stop the bleeding."

(Additional reporting by Sinead Carew in New York and Alastair Sharp in Toronto; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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General Reported He Was Pressured on Testimony About White House-Backed Project, Sources Say

By Justin Fishel
Published September 16, 2011

Sept. 15, 2011: Gen. William Shelton, commander of the Air Force Space Command, testifies on Capitol Hill.

Gen. William Shelton, head of the Air Force Space Command, told House members in a classified briefing earlier this month that he was pressured to change prepared congressional testimony in a way that would favor a large company funded by Philip Falcone, a major Democratic donor, congressional sources told Fox News.

Republicans have raised questions about whether the project pursued by the company, LightSquared, is being unduly expedited by the Obama administration, which has pushed for national wireless network upgrades.

The Virginia-based satellite and broadband communications company has plans to build a nationwide, next-generation, 4G phone network that many, including Shelton, think would seriously hinder the effectiveness of high-precision GPS receiver systems, a product used most commonly by the United States military.

A source familiar with the technology told Fox News that the LightSquared spectrum would be 5 billion times stronger than the military's GPS system, rendering the military's system almost useless.

"Imagine trying to have a telephone conversation while your neighbors are hosting a rock concert," the source told Fox News. "That’s the situation the military is facing."

Shelton, in testimony Thursday before a House Armed Services subcommittee, refused to suggest that interference problems could be mitigated, as he allegedly was being pressured to say.

He did testify that testing done by various agencies responsible for military GPS positioning "demonstrated empirically that the LightSquared signals interfere with all of the types of receivers in the test."

He added that mitigation would not be possible because redesigning the equipment to filter out interference from LightSquared "would involve substantial financial cost and likely degrade the accuracy of high performance receivers, which is critical to many key GPS users."

Military training that relies on precision GPS, such as dropping ordnance, potentially could cease to exist in the United States. Many farmers who also rely on the systems would also be affected. It's estimated this system is used by as many as 1 million people.

The Federal Aviation Administration has also expressed worry about the LightSquared project. The FAA is in the process of moving from a radar based positioning system to a required GPS system for all aircraft, and it has “serious concerns” about how LightSquared may interfere with that, according to FAA spokesman Laura Brown.

A House Armed Services Committee staff member confirmed to Fox News that when asked whether he was pressured to change public testimony he had prepared for the hearing Thursday, Shelton said he was "being asked to say things he didn't agree with."

It's unclear who exactly pressured Shelton, but it's possible the individuals are in White House, Department of Defense or the Office of Management and Budget, which each approve military testimony prepared for Congress. The House staff member also told Fox News a copy of Shelton's prepared testimony was leaked to LightSquared.

Col. Kathleen Cook, a spokeswoman for Air Force Space Command, said Shelton's testimony represented his own views.

"Our testimony is reviewed appropriately by (the office of the secretary of defense), then other executive branch agencies via the established OMB process. In that process, it's common to have edit exchanges and recommendations, but I can assure you Gen Shelton's testimony was his own supported by and focused purely on documented test results," Cook said.

The White House did not respond Thursday evening to a request for comment. But The Washington Post reported that a White House official denied trying to influence Shelton's testimony.

The company also defended its work.

"We understand that some in the telecom sector fear the challenges for their business model that LightSquared presents. It's also ludicrous to suggest LightSquared's success depends on political connections. This is a private company that has never taken one dollar in taxpayer money," chief executive Sanjiv Ahuja said in a statement given to Fox News.

At the House subcommittee hearing Thursday, which focused on strategic forces and sustaining GPS for national security, Republican Chairman Michael Turner lashed out at the Obama administration for its acceptance of LightSquared proposals. He took aim at FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a longtime basketball buddy of President Obama, for not showing up at the hearing and for granting a waiver to LightSquared on Jan. 26.

"I trust Chairman Genachowski is doing something very important this morning if he couldn't be here to discuss the significant harm to national security that may result from the FCC's action,” Turner said.

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Motorola Mobility Invests In Video Publishing Platform Ooyala

posted on September 13th, 2011

After announcing a slew of new features on Facebook, video publishing platform Ooyala is announcing another bit of news today—a new investor. The venture arm of Motorola Mobility, which Google is in the process of acquiring for $12.5 billion, has made a strategic investment in Ooyala. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Ooyala specializes in hosting videos for large corporate and media clients, such as the Telegraph Media Group, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Dell, General Mills, ESPN and TechCrunch. In total, Ooyala has more than 1,000 customers that are delivering over one billion streams to over 100 million consumers per month.

In addition to yesterday’s announcement of Ooyala Social, the company has also pushed its cross-platform technology, called Ooyala Everywhere, which helps publishers deliver professional video across mobile devices, connected TVs and browsers. Ooyala Everywhere also allows publishers to monetize videos through rich media ads, subscriptions, and pay-per-view options. Ooyala’s Backlot powers a HD-capable video distribution, syndication, analytics and monetization platform.

Motorola is particularly interested in this multi-screen video publishing experience, and Motorola’s Wallace Pai, vice president of corporate development and ventures; says in a release: “We share a common vision with Ooyala, and look forward to building on the synergies between our two companies.”

Last fall, Ooyala raised $22 million, bringing its total funding to $42 million since 2007. Investors include Ron Conway, CID Group, Sierra Ventures and Rembrandt Venture Partners. Fun fact—Ooyala was founded by ex-Google employees in 2007.

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FCC promises 100,000 jobs

By Paul Courson @CNNMoney
August 4, 2011: 10:35 AM ET

WASHINGTON (CNN) — When you call customer service in the time ahead, chances should improve that you will reach someone in the United States, with a forecast of 100,000 new jobs at call centers to be created the next two years, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

In an announcement expected Thursday at a call center in Jeffersonville, Indiana, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will detail how small towns are replacing jobs lost from declining industry with new jobs made possible by broadband technology.

Call centers need broadband capability to handle Internet-based chat sessions with consumers along with traditional phone calls and email correspondence. But many call centers have moved outside the United States where labor is cheaper.

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Thursday's announcement, partnered with a business group Jobs4America, promises to return some of those jobs to America.

Genachowski, according to his staff, will be at a call center that services the Charbroil outdoor cooking chain and the discount retailer BJ's Warehouse (BJ, Fortune 500). The center's activities have been based in India, the FCC said. The move is creating 175 jobs in the United States.

Jobs4America, in a statement, said the jobs will include "marketing and sales communication with consumers, as well as chat, social media monitoring, and web and phone-based self-service options," such as obtaining information about product recalls and the status of discount rebates for which consumers have applied.

The contact center industry, as the group describes the field, can create thousands of U.S.-based jobs to help cut unemployment.

A tally of jobs from members of Jobs4America includes:

  • Aegis Global — 4000 jobs
  • Alpine Access — 4000 jobs
  • Accent — 2000 jobs
  • Novo1 — 1000 jobs
  • Back Office Support Systems — 1000 jobs
  • Sprint — 600 jobs
  • Etech — 250 jobs
  • CallAssistant — 250 jobs
  • AnswerNet — 200 jobs
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Court Case Asks if ‘Big Brother’ Is Spelled GPS

Published: September 10, 2011
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WASHINGTON — The precedent is novel. More precisely, the precedent is a novel.

In a series of rulings on the use of satellites and cellphones to track criminal suspects, judges around the country have been citing George Orwell’s “1984” to sound an alarm. They say the Fourth Amendment’s promise of protection from government invasion of privacy is in danger of being replaced by the futuristic surveillance state Orwell described.

In April, Judge Diane P. Wood of the federal appeals court in Chicago wrote that surveillance using global positioning system devices would “make the system that George Orwell depicted in his famous novel, ‘1984,’ seem clumsy.” In a similar case last year, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the federal appeals court in San Francisco wrote that “1984 may have come a bit later than predicted, but it’s here at last.”

Last month, Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn turned down a government request for 113 days of location data from cellphone towers, citing “Orwellian intrusion” and saying the courts must “begin to address whether revolutionary changes in technology require changes to existing Fourth Amendment doctrine.”

The Supreme Court is about to do just that. In November, it will hear arguments in United States v. Jones, No. 10-1259, the most important Fourth Amendment case in a decade. The justices will address a question that has divided the lower courts: Do the police need a warrant to attach a GPS device to a suspect’s car and track its movements for weeks at a time?

Their answer will bring Fourth Amendment law into the digital age, addressing how its 18th-century prohibition of “unreasonable searches and seizures” applies to a world in which people’s movements are continuously recorded by devices in their cars, pockets and purses, by toll plazas and by transit systems.

The Jones case will address not only whether the placement of a space-age tracking device on the outside of a vehicle without a warrant qualifies as a search, but also whether the intensive monitoring it allows is different in kind from conventional surveillance by police officers who stake out suspects and tail their cars.

“The Jones case requires the Supreme Court to decide whether modern technology has turned law enforcement into Big Brother, able to monitor and record every move we make outside our homes,” said Susan Freiwald, a law professor at the University of San Francisco.

The case is an appeal from a unanimous decision of a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which said last year that the government was simply seeking too much information.

“Repeated visits to a church, a gym, a bar or a bookie tell a story not told by any single visit, as does one’s not visiting any of those places in the course of a month,” wrote Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg.

He added: “A person who knows all of another’s travel can deduce whether he is a weekly churchgoer, a heavy drinker, a regular at the gym, an unfaithful husband, an outpatient receiving medical treatment, an associate of particular individuals or political groups — and not just one such fact about a person, but all such facts.”

Federal appeals courts in Chicago and San Francisco, on the other hand, have allowed the police to use GPS tracking devices without a warrant. The police are already allowed to tail cars and observe their movements without warrants, those courts said, and the devices merely allow them to do so more efficiently.

Judge Richard A. Posner, writing for a unanimous three-judge panel in the Chicago case, did caution that institutionalized mass surveillance might present a different issue.

Some judges say that world is fast approaching.

“Technology has progressed to the point where a person who wishes to partake in the social, cultural and political affairs of our society has no realistic choice but to expose to others, if not to the public as a whole, a broad range of conduct and communications that would previously have been deemed unquestionably private,” Magistrate Judge James Orenstein of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn wrote last year.

The case to be heard by the Supreme Court arose from the investigation of the owner of a Washington nightclub, Antoine Jones, who was suspected of being part of a cocaine-selling operation. Apparently out of caution, given the unsettled state of the law, prosecutors obtained a warrant allowing the police to place a tracking device on Mr. Jones’s Jeep Grand Cherokee. The warrant required them to do so within 10 days and within the District of Columbia. The police did not install the device until 11 days later, and they did it in Maryland. Now contending that no warrant was required, the authorities tracked Mr. Jones’s travels for a month and used the evidence they gathered to convict him of conspiring to sell cocaine. He was sentenced to life in prison.

The main Supreme Court precedent in the area, United States v. Knotts, is almost 30 years old. It allowed the use of a much more primitive technology, a beeper that sent a signal that grew stronger as the police drew closer and so helped them follow a car over a single 100-mile trip from Minnesota to Wisconsin.

The Supreme Court ruled that no warrant was required but warned that “twenty-four hour surveillance of any citizen of the country” using “dragnet-type law enforcement practices” may violate the Fourth Amendment.

Much of the argument in the Jones case concerns what that passage meant. Did it indicate discomfort with intense and extended scrutiny of a single suspect’s every move? Or did it apply only to mass surveillance?

In the Jones case, the government argued in a brief to the Supreme Court that the Knotts case disapproved of only “widespread searches or seizures that are conducted without individualized suspicion.”

The brief added: “Law enforcement has not abused GPS technology. No evidence exists of widespread, suspicionless GPS monitoring.” On the other hand, the brief said, requiring a warrant to attach a GPS device to a suspect’s car “would seriously impede the government’s ability to investigate leads and tips on drug trafficking, terrorism and other crimes.”

A decade ago, the Supreme Court ruled that the police needed a warrant to use thermal imaging technology to measure heat emanating from a home. The sanctity of the home is at the core of what the Fourth Amendment protects, Justice Antonin Scalia explained, and the technology was not in widespread use.

In general, though, Justice Scalia observed, “it would be foolish to contend that the degree of privacy secured to citizens by the Fourth Amendment has been entirely unaffected by the advance of technology.”

Source: The New York Times

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Gartner Finds Smartphone Sales Grew 74 Percent in Q2 of 2011

August 11, 2011
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mobile phones Research and advisory heavyweight Gartner is out with some interesting new data about smartphone and mobile device sales in the second quarter of 2011.

Worldwide sales of mobile devices to end users totaled 428.7 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a 16.5 percent increase from the second quarter of 2010.

But it was the smartphone genre that really caught fire in terms of growth.

Sales of smartphones were up 74 percent year-on-year and accounted for 25 percent of overall sales in the second quarter of 2011, up from 17 percent in the second quarter of 2010.

“Smartphone sales continued to rise at the expense of feature phones,” said Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner. “Consumers in mature markets are choosing entry-level and midrange Android smartphones over feature phones, partly due to carriers’ and manufacturers’ promotions.” However, replacement sales in Western Europe showed signs of fatigue as smartphone sales declined quarter-on-quarter.

Google and Apple are the big winners in the smartphone ecosystem, Gartner says. The combined share of iOS and Android in the smartphone operating system (OS) market doubled to nearly 62 percent in the second quarter of 2011, up from just over 31 percent in the corresponding period of 2010.


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AT&T launching LTE network this weekend; competitors shouldn't worry yet

By Rachel King
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September 15, 2011, 10:33am PDT

Summary: AT&T is finally getting its 4G LTE network off the ground and into the air this weekend.

For being the second largest mobile provider in the United States and one of the largest in the world, it has certainly taken AT&T a while to catch up to the competition with a 4G LTE network.

AT&T is finally answering the call (excuse the pun) for 4G with the launch of its LTE network this Sunday, September 18.

However, its competitors don’t need to worry much…yet. Only a handful of markets are expected to be covered by AT&T’s 4G network first, starting with Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Yet that group will be expanded to at least 15 markets by the end of 2011.

Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile all already have 4G networks of their own — although the use of the term “4G” with these advanced networks is still debatable with many. All of these networks also already have several 4G-enabled devices each that had been available for some time now. AT&T is more limited on this front.

Additionally, other reports about the initial speed and performance of AT&T’s 4G network haven’t been overly positive.

Of course, Sprint really does have something to worry about if AT&T gets its wish and the acquisition with T-Mobile is approved. That would beef up and expand AT&T’s 4G coverage exponentially as AT&T pleads that it can’t upgrade its network alone.

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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.


I just went into my warehouse and inventoried the receivers and antennas. Some of the receivers have a password which I will give to the buyer. Most of them are brand new, in the original packaging. Here is the complete rundown:

100 Flat antennas
4 Daviscomms TMR1F with internal antenna.
61 Daviscomms TMR1F with BNC Connectors

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 –

Dave Levine

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Cell broadcasting a fast way to get the message out

From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Sep. 09, 2011 10:06PM EDT
Last updated Friday, Sep. 09, 2011 10:07PM EDT

Cell broadcasting allows text messages to be sent to all cellphones in a specified region in a matter of seconds. During an emergency, officials would be able to simply draw a polygon on a map to hone in on one or more cellphone towers.

Simon Fraser University communications professor Peter Anderson says cell broadcast messages (SMS-CB) differ from standard text messages (SMS, or short message service) in that a recipient’s individual phone number isn’t needed.

“What it does is it sends a message out to all of the handsets within a specific area, for example, off of a cell tower or a group of cell tower sites,” he said. “With SMS, the messages get sent from the server on a one-to-one basis. It can take a long time, and not everyone’s going to be on the list.”

The cell broadcast messages, however, do appear on screen in much the same manner as an ordinary text message.

The independent Vancouver riot report by John Furlong and Douglas Keefe says cell broadcasting “uses short bursts of energy so it works even when heavy cell user traffic volume makes a normal cell conversation difficult.”

The capability to receive cell broadcast messages is built into all modern cellphones, the report says, but the software has not been activated.

Marc Choma, spokesman for the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, says there would have to be software upgrades both on handsets and on networks. Carriers would have to ensure their networks are capable of receiving signals from the cell broadcast, and pushing those signals on to subscribers.

Telus spokesman Shawn Hall said the radius of cellphone towers varies greatly. Some of the antennas in downtown Vancouver cover a range of 100 metres, while a tower recently installed in the B.C. Interior spans 20 kilometres.

The cell broadcasts could also be used in B.C. in non-riot scenarios, such as an earthquake or tsunami.

Source: The Globe And Mail

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Motorola boss offered $66M golden parachute in Google purchase

By Chris Smith

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Published: 10:21 PM EST (07:21 PM PST)

jha Google’s agreement to purchase Motorola Mobility includes a promise of $65.7 million in golden parachute compensation for Sanjay Jha, the chief executive officer of the Android device maker.

A golden parachute is an agreement between a company and an employee, usually a top executive, that specifies the benefits a person would receive in the event of termination of employment. The practice provides reassurance that a company will retain key executives after a merger is completed.

According to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Jha's potential payout totals $13.2 million in cash and $52.4 million in equity compensation. Roughly $35 million in similar incentives has also been promised to four other top executives of Motorola Mobility.

Jha served as co-CEO of Motorola from August 2008 until he became head of Motorola Mobility, the former Mobile Devices division of Motorola, in January 2011. Under his supervision, Motorola adopted Android as its primary smartphone operating system in late 2009.

Source: Apple Insider

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

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

[Reproduced here with the firm's permission.]


Vol. 14, No. 33 September 14, 2011

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New Jobs Bill Includes Old Wireless Proposals

Spectrum User Fees Could Hurt Clients

President Obama’s “American Jobs Act” includes proposals for auctioning wireless spectrum and public safety broadband expansion. These proposals stem from the “National Wireless Initiative” (NWI) that the President unveiled in his State of the Union address last January.

The NWI essentially calls for expanding wireless broadband to 98% of all Americans within five years. And to achieve that, the administration proposes to have government agencies auction off their spectrum, use spectrum more efficiently, and convince TV broadcasters to engage in “voluntary incentive auctions” (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, Feb. 16). The President expects that this plan will raise $27.8 billion over the next 10 years, including about $10 billion to support expansion of the public safety network, and proceeds to draw down the deficit by $17.8 billion.

Unfortunately, the Jobs Bill authorizes the FCC to assess “spectrum use” fees from new and existing licensees to pay for the initiative. The Bill provides a minimum amount the Commission must collect, starting with $200m total in 2012 and $550m total in 2015 and each year thereafter, until 2021. The legislation provides a list of factors which the Commission may consider in assessing such fees, including the “highest value alternative spectrum use” and the level of demand for the particular license. Failure to pay these fees may result in revocation of license or permit. Only broadcasters and public safety entities would be exempt from this new fee assessment. We will be assisting clients with efforts to contact their Congressional delegation to oppose the imposition of yet another tax on their licenses. Interested clients should contact us ASAP.

While the FCC already charges a regulatory user fee to most licensees, it is generally a modest amount designed only to defray the cost of running the FCC. However, the annual fee contemplated by the Jobs Act is clearly a revenue-raising measure, designed to eventually generate at least $550 million per year. And it is disturbing that the FCC can establish the fee based on factors such as “the highest value alternative spectrum use forgone” and “level of demand” for the spectrum. This suggests that the FCC could price the annual user fee for spectrum used by our clients by basing it on some theoretical value rather than actual use. This approach could make the user fee so expensive that existing licensees would have to consider abandoning the spectrum (a result that Congress may want to see, so more spectrum is available for auction); or at a minimum the licensees would have to pass all or part of this cost on to its customers, a less-than-desirable outcome in the current economy. Therefore, it will be important for the existing licensees to oppose this aspect of the Jobs Act.

Part I of Section H of the proposed Jobs Bill enumerates the requirements for repurposing Federal spectrum. In general, the bill would authorize the FCC to:

  • Permit a licensee to relinquish all or part of its spectrum rights to reassign those rights through competitive bidding (auctions).
  • Pay a portion of the auction proceeds to a relinquishing licensee (if the Commission so determines it is in the public interest).
  • Modify spectrum usage rights prior to auction, so that it may still pay a portion of the proceeds to the relinquishing licensee to cover relocation costs.

The purpose of Part I is to create voluntary “incentive” auctions so that the FCC can raise money through the sale of broadcast spectrum to finance a nationwide public safety broadband network and help defray the deficit. Part II of Section H would reallocate the D-Block spectrum for public safety rather than selling it at auction. The bill would provide for flexible use of the narrowband spectrum, authorize only a single public safety wireless licensee—the non-profit Public Safety Broadband Corporation (PSBC). Part II also provides for a grant program and fund to aid state, regional, tribal, and local jurisdictions to implement the most efficient use of such a public safety network.

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

GO GREEN: BloostonLaw is now offering its clients an e-mail option for billing and payment. We will be able to use your e-mail address for invoices and statements. You will still be able to choose to have a hard copy mailed to you. If you would prefer to receive e-mail billings or make e-payments, please contact Debra Mayo at


  • Rural associations unveil modified RLEC Plan to reform USF, ICC rules.
  • New Jobs Bill includes old wireless proposals, new spectrum fees.
  • FCC proposes 15.3% USF contribution factor for fourth quarter.
  • Auction 93 for FM broadcast spectrum permits set for March 27.
  • House panel to focus on broadband, spectrum policy.

Rural Associations Unveil Modified RLEC Plan To Reform USF, ICC Rules

Blooston Rural Carriers Support Plan

The Rural Local Exchange Carrier or RLEC Plan to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF) program and the Intercarrier Compensation (ICC) rules was developed by the Rural Associations last April and recently modified. The modified RLEC Plan was unveiled in Ex Parte filings and in joint reply comments filed September 6 by the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA), National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telephone Companies (OPAST-CO), and Western Telecommunications Alliance (WTA).

As noted by the Iowa Telecom Association, the RLEC Plan “incorporates a balance of mechanisms intended to enable cost recovery for RLECs while enabling the deployment and maintenance of broadband and broadband-capable networks. These cost recovery mechanisms are aligned with the Commission’s interest in constraining growth of high-cost support funds, and are designed to be implemented in complementary fashion with the America's Broadband Connectivity (ABC) Plan filed by large and mid-size carriers, including Verizon and AT&T, on July 29, 2011 (collectively, the Consensus Frame-work).”

BloostonLaw, on behalf its clients, the “Blooston Rural Carriers,” supported the RLEC Plan, as modified by the Consensus Framework.

The Blooston Rural Carriers said that the amended RLEC Plan constitutes the best available alternative at this time to enable RLECs to continue to make progress toward the completion of the conversion of their networks to broadband. The Blooston Rural Carriers said the proposed RLEC budget targets will allow RLECs to repay their existing construction loans, and to otherwise preserve their current progress in deploying broadband networks and services, and they may also permit the extension and upgrade of broadband facilities by some RLECs. By preserving a modified rate of return regulatory system for RLECs, as well as cost recovery based upon embedded costs, the Consensus Framework will help preserve the assurances of repayment necessary to induce lenders to continue to fund RLEC broadband investment projects, according to the Blooston Rural Carriers. Finally, they said the Consensus Framework provides a smooth transition path, based upon broadband adoption rates, from the existing RLEC high-cost support mechanisms to the future RLEC broadband support mechanism.

However, the Blooston Rural Carriers said they would never have agreed to many of the features thereof (e.g., a decreased 10.0% RLEC interstate rate of return, expanded caps on RLEC corporate operations expenses, constraints on future RLEC capital expenditures, and virtual elimination of RLEC terminating switched access rates) if these features were not part of a broad industry compromise and offset by other provisions (e.g., the Restructure Mechanism or RM).

RLEC Plan Details

If adopted by the FCC, the Rural Associations said, the amended RLEC Plan would: (1) refocus high-cost USF to support broadband services; (2) help to preserve the existing successes of rural rate-of-return (RoR) incumbent RLECs in deploying broadband facilities and services; (3) enable further “edging out” of RLEC broadband networks, subject to the availability of incremental support and reasonable constraints on capital expenditures and operational expenses; (4) significantly reduce RLEC per-minute access rates while providing a sufficient and sustainable replacement mechanism for lost revenues; and (5) address uneconomic ICC arbitrage and related billing disputes. According to the Rural Associations, the RLEC Plan aims to accomplish these goals within overall budget targets for the next six years that are intended to be capable of supporting continued provision of affordable, high-quality broadband and voice services to rural consumers in RLEC service areas.

As NECA noted in an August 29 Ex Parte letter to the FCC, the modified RLEC Plan is designed with the objective of staying within the annual funding target for each of the first six years following implementation. The Plan proposes that the Commission establish an annual funding target for areas served by RoR carriers that begins at $2 billion and, to the extent necessary to help ensure sufficient funding, increases by $50 million per year (i.e., starting with an additional $50 million in the first year and increasing to $300 million, or a total annual budget target of $2.3 billion, in the sixth year). Such incremental funding will be necessary to enable access restructuring, promote further broadband buildout (but only to the extent supported by increases in USF/Connect America Fund (CAF) funding above current levels for any individual company), and provide a reasonable opportunity to recover the costs associated with existing investments in broadband capable plant.

A key component of the RLEC Plan is the Restructure Mechanism (RM), which is designed to recover revenue losses as a result of capping interstate originating and terminating switched access rates at the start of access reform as well as revenue losses caused by reducing terminating access rates to targeted levels in three phases. As explained by NECA:

  • In Phase I, intrastate terminating switched access rates would be reduced to capped interstate rate levels in two steps. The first step would begin on July 1, 2012, coincident with the effective date of the 2012 Annual Tariff Filing. On that date intrastate rates would be decreased by one half of the difference between the intrastate rates and the interstate rates. On July 1, 2013, the intrastate rates would be further decreased to the interstate rate levels.
  • In Phase II, terminating end office rates are reduced to $.005 per minute in three steps. The first step of Phase II would be implemented on July 1, 2014, i.e., terminating end office rates would be reduced by one third of the difference between existing interstate terminating end office rates and $.005.
  • In Phase III, subject to FCC review in year 5, terminating end office rates would be further reduced to $.0007 per minute in three steps. Transport and tandem switching rates would remain unchanged at capped interstate rate levels.

In explaining the calculation of the RM, NECA said that the total revenue shortfall is the sum of the intrastate and interstate revenue shortfalls. It is important to distinguish between the two revenue shortfalls because they have different effects on the RM calculation. The RM is calculated by offsetting the combined revenue shortfalls by increases in subscriber line charge (SLC) revenue. Intrastate regulated earnings test applies only to the intrastate revenue shortfall.

NECA said that any study area with a residential rate below the $25 local rate benchmark, must increase (or impute) its monthly residential SLC rate by $.75 per year to reach the benchmark, subject to a maximum of six increases of $.75, i.e., $4.50 over the space of six increases. Additional SLC revenues are used to offset the intrastate component of the RM first. If additional SLC revenues in a given step exceed the intrastate RM, the SLC revenue in excess of the intrastate RM is then used to offset the interstate component of the RM. An intrastate regulated earnings test is performed using a 10% rate of return (RoR) each year using FCC Part 32 and 36 rules. Earnings in excess of a 10% RoR for that year will be used to offset the intrastate component of the RM calculated for that year after the SLC revenue offset has been taken into account.

Blooston Rural Carriers

The Blooston Rural Carriers said that the FCC should reject the proposals of those opponents of the RLEC Plan, as modified by the Consensus Framework, that seek more drastic reductions in universal service and intercarrier compensation. For example, some commenters urge the Commission to eliminate corporate operations expense and other costs from universal service support calculations, apparently for no reason other than to drastically reduce the amount of support available to carriers.

Corporate operations expense results from costs inherent in providing telecommunications services, such as the numerous reports required by the Commission to be filed by ILECs and additional tasks ILECs must perform as a result of federal regulations (including the filing of federal tariffs, preparing cost studies to support the NECA tariffs or their own tariffs and reciprocal compensation rates, maintaining records, responding to requests for information by the Commission, filing network outage reports, preparing and maintaining the CPNI manual, responding to formal and informal complaints and negotiating interconnection agreements).

To comply with all of these requirements, ILECs must engage employees, managerial staff, accountants, engineers and attorneys, and the associated expense is included in corporate operating expense. Accordingly, there is no basis to support an elimination of corporate operations expense.

The Blooston Rural Carriers said that proposals to eliminate all intercarrier compensation, and instead impose bill and keep, also are without merit. These proposals are nothing more than a red herring advanced by entities that would like to improve their bottom lines by not paying to use the expensive last-mile networks of other carriers.

As the Blooston Rural Carriers have indicated, the universal service and intercarrier compensation proposals in the modified RLEC Plan will result in a reduction of revenues for many of these carriers, which will put pressure on the ability of carriers to continue to advance broadband service. Elimination of even more revenues, as proposed by some commenters, will damage the ability of carriers to ensure the continued availability and expansion of broadband networks. Further, additional cost shifts to end users would run afoul of the requirement in the Act that rural consumers have access to services at reasonably comparable rates.

The Blooston Rural Carriers also argued that (1) all eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) should meet carrier of last resort (COLR) obligations; and (2) that an RLEC’s support should not be reduced if a competitor is a satellite service provider, because it is well-known that satellite service is not comparable to service in urban areas.

The upshot here is that both the Blooston Rural Carriers and the Rural Associations agree that while the modified RLEC Plan is not perfect, it represents significant compromises by RoR and price cap carriers. And it appears to be the best deal for rural telcos in the current environment. As a result, both groups are urging the FCC to approve the plan without further changes or modifications.

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


FCC PROPOSES 15.3% USF CONTRIBUTION FACTOR FOR FOURTH QUARTER: The FCC’s Office of Managing Director (OMD) has proposed a universal service contribution factor of 0.153 or 15.3% for the fourth quarter of 2011. This is higher than the 14.4% for the third quarter; and the 14.9% factor in the second quarter, but is only slightly down from the record 15.5% contribution factor in the first quarter of this year. This 3Q 15.3% USF contribution factor is up from 12.9% in the fourth quarter; 13.6% for the third quarter; and 15.3% figure for the second quarter of 2010. And it compares with 14.1% for the first quarter of 2010; 12.3% for the fourth quarter of 2009; and 12.9% for the third quarter of 2009. If the Commission takes no action by September 27, the 15.3% contribution factor for the third quarter of 2011 will be deemed approved by the Commission. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

AUCTION 93 FOR FM BROADCAST CONSTRUCTION PERMITS SET FOR MARCH 27: The FCC has announced an auction of certain FM broadcast construction permits and seeks comment on the procedures to be used for this auction. This auction is scheduled to commence on March 27, 2012, and is designated as Auction 93. This auction will offer 123 construction permits in the FM broadcast service. The construction permits to be auctioned are for 123 new FM allotments, including 17 construction permits that were offered but not sold or were defaulted upon in prior auctions. Comments on auction procedures are due October 7, and reply comments are due October 17. All filings related to procedures for Auction 93 must refer to AU Docket No. 11-146. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Richard Rubino, and Cary Mitchell.

HOUSE PANEL TO FOCUS ON BROADBAND, SPECTRUM POLICY: U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) has announced the panel’s fall agenda. This includes broadband and wireless spectrum policy. Upton said: “Broadband and wireless spectrum policy are vital jobs issues and spectrum legislation and FCC process reform will be at the forefront to advance wireless broadband, promote deployment of an interoperable broadband public safety network, create jobs, and reduce the deficit. The economic impact of streamlined regulations can be significant — in the last decade, the wireless industry has invested more than $240 billion on network structures and equipment. Combine the growing need for wireless broadband deployment with the private sector's resources and the industry is ripe for job seekers.” Additionally, on Thursday, September 15, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will hold a hearing on “Internet Privacy: The Impact and Burden of EU Regulation.” The hearing will focus on the European Union’s privacy and data collection regulations and how they have impacted the internet economy. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

CALIFORNIA PUC SEEKS NRUF, LNP DATA IN CONNECTION WITH AT&T/T-MOBILE DEAL: The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has requested various Numbering Resource Utilization and Forecast (NRUF) reports filed by wireless telecommunications carriers and disaggregated, carrier-specific local number portability (LNP) data related to wireless telecommunications carriers in connection with its investigation of the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger. Throughout its review of the proposed acquisition in WT Docket No. 11-165, the FCC said that several parties have submitted filings to the FCC that contain NRUF or LNP data or information derived from NRUF or LNP data, and have filed redacted copies of those filings with the California PUC. On August 31, 2011, the California PUC ordered all parties that had filed redacted copies of their FCC filings with the California PUC to provide the PUC with confidential unredacted copies. The California PUC’s August 31st Order notes that to the extent information required to be furnished to the PUC is confidential, it may be filed under seal and that the PUC cannot release the confidential information except by order of the California PUC. The FCC said it has issued a Public Notice to inform carriers of the orders of the California Public Utility Commission to allow carriers the opportunity to contact the California PUC, file an objection, or take any other action they may deem appropriate if they have concerns or oppose disclosure of their NRUF or LNP Confidential Information. Comments or objections should not be filed with the FCC. On September 2, the California PUC issued an order providing that persons who object to the filing of NRUF or LNP Confidential Information with the California PUC have ten (10) days from the date of the FCC’s September 7 Public Notice to file their objections with the California PUC. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

RUS PLANS TO IMPLEMENT EXPANSION OF 911 FOR LOAN PROGRAM: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is amending its regulations to implement the expansion of 911 service as authorized by section 6107 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill). This amendment will codify the Agriculture Secretary's authority to make loans in five areas of eligibility to expand or improve 911 access and integrated emergency communications systems in rural areas for the Telecommunications Loan Program. This interim rule became effective on September 12. Comments must be submitted on or before November 14 (RIN 0572-AC24). Section 6107 added section 315 of the RE Act to clearly authorize the RUS to make loans for the following purposes: (1) 911 access; (2) Integrated interoperable emergency communications, including multi-use networks that provide commercial or transportation information services in addition to emergency communications services; (3) Homeland security communications; (4) Transportation safety communications; or (5) Location technologies used outside an urbanized area. The provision also clarified that the Agency could consider State or local 911 fees to be security for a loan under this section and that loans may be made in certain circumstances to an emergency communication equipment provider to accomplish the purposes of this section where a State or municipality may be prohibited from incurring debt. The statutory language is very prescriptive, defining eligible entities, financing purposes, and loan terms and security requirements. According to RUS, the amendments to 7 CFR part 1735 simply incorporate those statutory requirements within the regulatory framework prescribing requirements for the telecommunications loan programs. Therefore, RUS determined that it is not necessary to issue a proposed rule since the codification represents a strict implementation of the statutory requirements. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

COMMENT SOUGHT ON TELECOM ARGENTINA USA TRANSFER OF CONTROL REQUEST: The FCC has asked for comments on Telecom Argentina USA, Inc.’s application requesting authority for a transfer of control that took place without Commission consent in April 2009. Telecom Argentina USA, a Delaware corporation providing interstate prepaid card services throughout the U.S., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telecom Argentina S.A. Telecom Argentina S.A. in turn is controlled by Nortel Inversora S.A., which is controlled by Sofora Telecommunicaciones S.A.. All of these entities, except Telecom Argentina USA, have Argentina citizenship. Prior to the transaction control over Telecom Argentina USA was held by Telecom Italia S.p.A. (TI), an Italian company, and its controlled company, Telecom Italia International NV (TII), a Dutch holding company (TI and TII, the Telecom Italia Group), with the Telecom Italia Group indirectly holding 50 percent of the equity of Telecom Argentina USA, and W de Argentina – Inversiones, S.L. (W de Argentina), a Spanish limited liability company, holding 48 percent. On April 17, 2009, W de Argentina’s ownership interest in Telecom Argentina USA increased to 50 percent when it acquired a two percent interest held by France Telecom. Telecom Argentina USA states that it did not file a domestic section 214 transfer of control application at the Commission at that time. Applicants assert that the proposed transaction is entitled to presumptive streamlined treatment under the Commission’s rules and that a grant of the application will serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity. Comments in this WC Docket No. 11-125 proceeding are due September 21, and replies are due September 28. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.


NTCA RELEASES ANNUAL WIRELESS REPORT SURVEY: The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) has released its 2011 Wireless Survey Report. This year, 127 NTCA members (25%) responded. NTCA said 63% of survey respondents indicated that they hold at least one wireless license below 2.3 GHz; 34% hold at least one license above 2.3 GHz. Sixty-one percent are providing wireless service to their customers. Sixty-eight percent of those providing wireless service offer fixed broadband, 58% mobile voice, and 49% text messaging. Forty-four percent of survey respondents not currently offering wireless service are considering doing so.

The average total (cumulative) investment in wireless facilities, excluding spectrum, is $5.6 million; average total (cumulative) investment in spectrum totaled $665 thousand. Seventy-six percent of survey respondents characterized the process of obtaining financing for wireless projects as ”somewhat difficult” or “very difficult;” 18% characterized the process as ”relatively easy” or “very easy.” Forty-one percent of respondents are utilizing unlicensed spectrum to provide some wireless services, despite problems such as interference. Seventy-five percent of all respondents indicated that competition from nationwide carriers was their greatest concern, 61% selected handset/equipment availability, 60% the ability to make necessary investments to be able to offer the latest services, 55% the ability to negotiate roaming agreements with national carriers, and 53% the ability to obtain spectrum at auction.

Sixty-eight percent of survey respondents categorized their experience in negotiating data roaming and in-market roaming agreements with other carriers as moderately to extremely difficult. Fifty-six percent of those respondents who have a reciprocal roaming agreement with another carrier indicated that they pay about as much on a per minute basis as they themselves are paid, while 28% pay more and 17% pay less. Thirty-seven percent of those survey respondents offering wireless resell another carrier’s service under their own brand, 11% do so under a national brand. Fifty-one percent sell service for which they are licensed for spectrum under their own brand, and 6% do so under a national brand. Eighty-nine percent find it difficult to compete with promotions offered by the national carriers. Eighty-seven percent of all respondents offer their wireless customers caller ID. Eighty-four percent offer voice mail, 77% offer unlimited local calling, family plans, and text messaging, and 74% offer free long distance, and Internet access. Seventy-five percent of survey respondents experience annual customer churn of less than 10%, while 21% reported annual churn of between 10% and 25%. These figures are well below the FCC’s reported industry annual average of between 18% and 40%, according to NTCA.

AUTOMOBILE ELECTRONICS VULNERABLE TO HACKING VIA WIRELESS DEVICES: An analysis by computer security giant McAfee titled “Caution: Malware Ahead” suggests that the large amount of electronics being used in cars today is making them increasingly vulnerable to hack attacks, even by something as simple as text message, according to Fox News. It said that embedded systems, including those for engine management, active cruise control and airbags, now live side by side with telematics that connect vehicles to wireless communication devices and the “cloud” through services like Ford’s Sync and General Motors’ OnStar, which has the ability to shut down cars and unlock doors remotely. Get in one virtual door and the others may be even easier to open, Fox News said. It added that many automakers also offer programs and apps that give owners the ability to start their car via their smartphones, remotely set charging times for plug-ins like the Chevy Volt and track the location of vehicles, creating further avenues into their computer systems. Conversely, Fox News said, once they have accessed the brains of a car, intruders could theoretically use them to retrieve personal information from connected devices. It’s the 21st century version of a car thief rifling through a purse found in a glove compartment, Fox News said. While the report notes that there have been no known malicious attacks on cars fitted with factory equipment, it does cite one incident where a disgruntled former employee of a car dealership disabled 100 cars by manipulating an aftermarket security system that had been installed on them. Additionally, McAfee cites an experiment done by researchers at the Center for Automotive Embedded Systems Security where they were able to access safety components in a vehicle via a wired connection and again using Bluetooth. For its part, the automotive industry is aware of the risks and constantly working on defenses against what is viewed as an evolving threat. Through the Society of Automotive Engineers, the industry has set up a Vehicle Electrical System Security Committee to develop broad strategies to prevent breaches and mitigate undesirable effects of successful ones.

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

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Capital Research Global Reports $424.7M Stake in MetroPCS

Posted September 14, 2011

By Bill Murphy

Roger Linquist

RICHARDSON, Texas — Capital Research Global Investors has reported an 11.2 percent stake worth $424.69 million in MetroPCS Communications Inc. (NYSE: PCS).

The Los Angeles money manager disclosed in an SEC filing that it owns 40.64 million shares of the Richardson-headquartered telecom service provider. The stake's value is based on the stock's closing price of $10.45 on Tuesday.

MetroPCS provides unlimited wireless communications service for a flat rate with no annual contract in 13 markets. Last year-end, the company had 8.1 million subscribers, making it the fifth largest facilities-based wireless carrier in the United States based on number of subscribers.

The company is led by co-founder, Chairman and CEO Roger Linquist, an industry veteran who previously founded PageMart Wireless (now USA Mobility).

Source: Dallas City Biz List

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WiPath Communications

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Intelligent Solutions for Paging & Wireless Data

WiPath manufactures a wide range of highly unique and innovative hardware and software solutions in paging and mobile data for:

  • Emergency Mass Alert & Messaging Emergency Services Communications Utilities Job Management Telemetry and Remote Switching Fire House Automation
  • Load Shedding and Electrical Services Control

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  • FLEX & POCSAG Built-in POCSAG encoder Huge capcode capacity Parallel, 2 serial ports, 4 relays
  • Message & system monitoring

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  • Variety of sizes Indoor/outdoor
  • Integrated paging receiver

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  • Highly programmable, off-air decoders Message Logging & remote control Multiple I/O combinations and capabilities
  • Network monitoring and alarm reporting

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  • Emergency Mass Alerting Remote telemetry switching & control Fire station automation PC interfacing and message management Paging software and customized solutions Message interception, filtering, redirection, printing & logging Cross band repeating, paging coverage infill, store and forward
  • Alarm interfaces, satellite linking, IP transmitters, on-site systems

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Mobile Data Terminals & Two Way Wireless  Solutions

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  • Fleet tracking, messaging, job processing, and field service management Automatic vehicle location (AVL), GPS
  • CDMA, GPRS, ReFLEX, conventional, and trunked radio interfaces

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WiPath Communications LLC
4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
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Phone: 770-844-6218
Fax: 770-844-6574
WiPath Communications

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Preferred Wireless

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Terminals & Controllers:
1 Motorola ASC1500
2 GL3100 RF Director 
9 Glenayre GLS2164 Satellite Receivers
1 GL3000L Complete w/Spares
1 GL3000ES Terminal
2 Zetron 2200 Terminals
  Unipage — Many Unipage Cards & Chassis
Link Transmitters:
2 Glenayre QT4201 & 6201, 25 & 100W Midband Link TX
2 Glenayre QT6201 Link Repeater and Link Station in Hot Standby
1 Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
3 Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
2 Motorola 30W, Midband Link TX (C42JZB6106AC)
2 Eagle Midband Link Transmitters, 125W
5 Glenayre GL C2100 Link Repeaters
VHF Paging Transmitters
1 Motorola VHF PURC-5000 125W, ACB or TRC
6 Glenayre GLT8411, 250W, VHF TX
1 Motorola Nucleus, 125W, VHF, TX
2 Motorola Nucleus, 350W, VHF, TX
UHF Paging Transmitters:
20 Glenayre UHF GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
6 Motorola PURC-5000 110 & 225W, TRC & ACB
2 QT-7795, 250W, UHF TX
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
3 Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W
2 Glenayre GLT8200, 25W (NEW)
15 Glenayre GLT-8500 250W
35 Glenayre 900 MHz DSP Exciters
25 Glenayre GLT-8500 Final PAs
35 Glenayre GLT-8500 Power Supplies


Too Much To List • Call or E-Mail
Rick McMichael
Preferred Wireless, Inc.
10658 St. Charles Rock Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63074
888-429-4171 or 314-429-3000
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Apple Japan Installs Early Earthquake Warning System In iOS5

August 23, 2011


According to 9to5mac, Apple Japan is adding a new earthquake early warning system to their Japanese iOS5 iPhones.

According to the BBC, the earthquake warnings are typically issued through radio, television and text messaging under the Area Mail Disaster Information Service. For SMS (Text Messaging) the system works by sending out a mass cell broadcast (SMS-CB) to all handsets in the area.

Japanese law has compelled 3G cellphones to include the SMS-CB technology since 2007, but many foreign made phones do not currently support it.

The service is run by the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA), which claims to offer Japanese residents “valuable seconds… to protect themselves before strong tremors arrive.” Japan’s three major phone carriers (NTT docomo, au and SoftBank Mobile) already support the service.

The phones that support the service play a special tone when the JMA sends out its broadcast, even sounding an alarm when in “silent” mode. The warning system is the “most advanced earthquake warning system in the world. It can detect tremors, calculate the epicenter of the quake and send out warnings from over 1,000 seismographs placed around the country,” according to Time’s Lucy Birmingham.

The instantaneous nature of the warning system provides users from a couple seconds up to a few minutes warning so they can prepare for impending disaster, possibly moving away from danger if possible.

This will be a new feature for the Japanese iOS5 system, warning users that enabling the feature may reduce the life of their battery. Currently iPhone users rely on third-party applications for their iPhones such as Yurekuru Call, according to 9to5mac.


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

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Telephone: 618-599-7869

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— Abraham Lincoln

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