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FRIDAY - JUNE 5, 2009 - ISSUE NO. 363

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Paging and Wireless Messaging Home Page image Newsletter Archive image Carrier Directory image Recommended Products and Services
Reference Papers Consulting Glossary of Terms Send an e-mail to Brad Dye

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Greetings from central Illnois where summer has really arrived. The temperature has swung back and forth from the high 40s to the low 90s (ºF.) I hope you all had a good week.

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Global Paging Convention

I have heard that Skytel Mexico & Skytel Argentina and Paraguay will be attending. It is going to be great to see so many old friends. I really enjoy international conventions like these. I look forward to practicing my language skills.

  • Welcome
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  • Bienvenidos
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  • Willkommen
  • Bem-vindo
  • English
  • Guaraní
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese

. . . And several more, I am sure.

This is the final week to register for the Global Paging Convention.

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People in Business

Samarion Inc.

Stephen M. Oshinsky has been hired as director of software development. He previously was director of systems architecture and worked at Velocita/SkyTel. He has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from The College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., and a master's in mathematics from the University of Kentucky. [source]

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IAEM Affiliate Profile 

Welcome American Messaging as New IAEM Affiliate

Please welcome American Messaging as a new IAEM Affiliate Member. American Messaging is the second largest paging company in the United States, serving more than 1.4 million customers. It provides state-of-the-art products and valued expertise in the field of emergency mass notification. The RAVEN System is Safeguarding Communities through the ability to send and receive critical notifications, all within 60 seconds. The unique grouping capability associated with American Messaging’s robust and reliable networks, together with the RAVEN suite of products, provides the fastest possible method to simultaneously send and receive intelligent, location specific alerts. In addition, follow-up information can be sent rapidly according to the progress of a situation. It is the ideal solution for public safety in buildings, private residences, hospitals and school campuses, as well as outdoor alerting.

Contact Information:
American Messaging
Representative: Jenna Richardson
Vice President, Product Development
1720 Lakepointe Drive, Suite 100
Lewisville, TX 75057
Phone: 623-581-0740

Source: International Association of Emergency Mangers. IAEM Bulletin, Vol. 26 No. 6 June 2009.

IAEM Affiliate Profile 

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This is my weekly newsletter about Wireless Messaging. You are receiving this because you have either communicated with me in the past about a wireless topic, or your address was included in another e-mail that I received on the same subject. This is not a SPAM. If you have received this message in error, or you are not interested in these topics, please click here, then click on "send" and you will be promptly removed from the mailing list.

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

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

Editorial Policy: The opinions expressed here are my own and DO NOT reflect the opinions or policies of any of the advertisers, supporters, contributors, the AAPC (American Association of Paging Carriers, or the EWA (Enterprise Wireless Alliance). As a general rule, I publish opposing opinions, even when I have to substitute "----" for some of the off-color words. This is a public forum for the topics covered, and all views are welcome (so far). Clips of news that I find on the Internet always include a link to the source and just because I report on a given topic or opinion doesn't mean that I agree with it.

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The local newspaper here in Springfield, Illinois costs 75¢ a copy and it NEVER mentions paging. If you receive some benefit from this publication maybe you would like to help support it financially? A donation of $25.00 would represent approximately 50¢ a copy for one year. If you are so inclined, please click on the PayPal Donate button above. No trees were chopped down to produce this electronic newsletter.

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Only 12 days to go until the Global Paging Convention begins in Montreal!

Final Week To Register !

Register to attend now

Thanks to our committed sponsors/vendors!
  • American Messaging
  • Argosy Communication Products
  • Daviscomms UK Limited
  • e*Message W.I.S. Deutschland GmbH
  • Generic Mobile
  • Indiana Paging Network
  • Mobilfone
  • Multitone Electronics
  • NEP/UCOM Paging
  • Omni Provincial Electronics
  • PageOne
  • PagePlus
  • Prism Paging
  • ProPage
  • SelectPath
  • Teletouch Paging
  • Unication USA
  • VoxPro Communications
  • Xacom Pty. Ltd.
multitone logo Welcome to the latest AAPC Vendor — Bronze Member — Multitone Electronics. Be sure to check out their display at the Global Paging Convention.

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Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 17  
9:30 am – 11:00 am EMMA Board Meeting
9:00 am – 12:00 pm AAPC Board Meeting
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Paging Technical Committee Meeting
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Registration Open
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EMMA Members Meeting

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception sponsored by:

e*Message W.I.S. Deutschland GmbH, Generic Mobile, Indiana Paging Network, Mobilfone, NEP/UCOM Paging, PageOne, Page Plus, ProPage, SelectPath, Teletouch Paging, VoxPro Communications

Thursday, June 18  
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
8:15 am – 8:45 am Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Prism Paging and Xacom

8:45 am – 9:00 am


  • Derek Banner, EMMA
  • François Lincourt, PageNet Canada
  • Jacques Couvas, EMMA
  • Scott Forsythe, AAPC

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Paging a Global Industry?
Is the paging industry ready for Globalization or is it already a global industry? This session will present vendors and operators’ perspectives on the benefits and potential pitfalls of a global paging industry. Learn how this might impact your business.

  • Johan Ågren, Generic Mobile
  • Kirk Alland, Unication USA
  • Vic Jensen, Unication USA
  • David McLawhorn, Teletouch Paging
  • Facilitator: Ted McNaught, Northeast & UCOM Paging
10:15 am – 10:30 am Break sponsored by Prism Paging and Xacom
10:30 am – 11:00 am Technology Repurposing Spectrum—from Narrowband to Broadband
Jim Weisenberg, Space Data Corporation
Space Data is the leader in Near Space Communications, the area above airplanes and below satellites where we and the military fly our balloon-borne SkySite communications platforms at altitudes of 65,000 to 100,000 feet. We transmit over the NPCS spectrum where our license interests total over 60% of the 3 MHz available and we are seeing new equipment being developed to enable utilities and others to use our spectrum for automated meter reading (AMR), and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) — as well as their own private fixed and mobile broadband wireless system requirements.
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Successful Diversification Strategies
A group of global experts will lead you down the road to the future by reviewing their successful diversification strategies.
  • Dietmar Gollnick, e*Message WIS, Germany Deutschland GmbH
  • Brian Hick, Digicall
  • Chris Jones, PageOne
  • Mike Lyons, Indiana Paging Network
  • Facilitator: Scott Forsythe, SelectPath
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch sponsored by American Messaging
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Paging Systems Evolution and the Regulatory Quagmire
Sharon Finney, Adventist Health System
This presentation will highlight the regulatory concerns to be considered as paging system technology evolves.
Sharon, Corporate Data Security Officer, will discuss how the rapidly developing regulatory quagmire could impact both paging system developers and customers.
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break sponsored by Prism Paging and Xacom
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm Answering the Call—Paging’s Performance in Global First Responder Markets
Ralf Ackermann, Vice President German Fire Service Association
Listen to first hand examples of how paging services are critical to saving lives. A first responder will provide insights into how to continuously improve service in this critical market.
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Social Hour sponsored by Unication USA & American Messaging
Friday, June 19  
8:30 am – 2:00 pm Registration Open
8:30 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Paging—Worldwide Trusted Partner of the Healthcare Industry
Panel discussion providing an overview of paging and critical messaging services within the healthcare environment.


  • Dave Anderson, American Messaging
  • John Bishop, Xacom Pty. Ltd.
  • Pete Carney, Multitone Electronics
  • Facilitator: Roy Pottle, American Messaging

10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Competing Technologies in the Healthcare Industry?
Review of technologies being marketed to the healthcare industry, such as: METAmessage for Wireless, Ekahau Wireless Location and Tracking, Polycom SpectraLink Wi-Fi phones.

  • Dan Kiely, VoxPro Communications
  • Ron Mercer, Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
  • Jim Nelson, Prism Systems International, Inc.
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm – 3:15 pm Round Table Discussions
Pinpoint examination of critical topics within the industry
1. Benefits and challenges of operating a call center and/or TAS
    Facilitator: Dan Kiely, VoxPro Communications
2. Value of Broadcasting/Group Calls
    Facilitator: Perri McNaught, Northeast & UCOM Paging
3. Adapt, improvise, and refine your business model
    Facilitator: Chris Jones, PageOne
4. Staying out of the FCC Crosshairs—forms & deadlines 101
    Facilitator: Ken Hardman, Esq., Counsel to AAPC
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm The Future of Paging
Derek Banner, European Mobile Messaging Association
This session will provide a brief synopsis of the recent past and most importantly, the future of paging as a global industry. The medical industry and first responders continue to be major users of paging and will continue to need reliable, fast, and economic communications. In this session, we will try to work out how we can respond to these challenges and push paging into industrial and geographic areas where few alternatives exist.

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Airport to Downtown Montréal

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L’Aérobus™, operated by Groupe La Québécoise, provides an efficient connection by motor bus between Montréal–Trudeau airport and downtown Montréal.

L’Aérobus stops at the Montréal Central Bus Station located at 505 de Maisonneuve Blvd. E. A minibus service at no additional charge is also available from the Montréal Central Bus Station to several major downtown hotels
(reservation and information: 514-631-1856).

Schedule: Departures are 24 hours a day.

Travel time: Plan approximately 45 minutes.

Ticket office: Tickets on sale at the Montréal Central Bus Station and at Montréal–Trudeau Airport (arrivals level).

Information: La Québécoise (514) 842-2281.

Montréal-Trudeau / Downtown / Montréal-Trudeau (taxes included)
  Adult 65 years old and over Child (5 to 12 years old)
One-way: $15.00 $14.00 $12.00
Return: $25.00 $23.00 $19.00

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As Canada’s national passenger rail service, VIA Rail Canada offers inter-city connections along the Ottawa-Montréal, Toronto-Kingston-Montréal and Québec City-Montréal corridors.

A free minibus service is available between the Montréal–Trudeau Airport and the VIA RAIL station at Dorval, a distance of about two kilometers (1 ½ miles). Train tickets can be purchased at Dorval VIA RAIL Station.

Train Fare: Dorval to Downtown Montreal $13.54 Canadian

Minibus service from Trudeau Airport to Dorval VIA RAIL Station is free.

Schedules, and information by telephone:
Via Rail (514) 989-2626
Toll-free 1-888-842-7245

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You can get a taxi or limousine at the arrivals level near the central exit located in front of the cloakroom, where a dispatcher will assist you. No reservation is required. All taxi and limousine operators working out of Montréal–Trudeau are required to have a permit and to comply with its terms and conditions. Occasionally, during periods of excessive demand, Aéroports de Montréal may call on outside operators.

Reduced mobility: A certain number of adapted taxis are available at Montréal–Trudeau. Ask the dispatcher.

Taxi fares: Between Montréal-Trudeau Airport and Downtown Taxi Limousine Fixed fares $38.00 to $49.50

Fares by meter for all other destinations except downtown. Minimum rate of $16.25.

Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted. Some drivers accept U.S. currency but provincial regulations require customers to pay in Canadian currency.

Information Telephone
Taxis and limousines (514) 394-7377

Source: Courtesy of Ron Mercer, Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC

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Advertiser Index

AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers Leavitt Communications (for Zetron)
Canamex Communications Leavitt Communications (for Alphamate)
CRS—Critical Response Systems Northeast Paging
CVC Paging Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
Daviscomms USA Preferred Wireless
Easy Solutions Prism Paging
FleetTALK Management Services Ron Mercer
GTES—Global Technical Engineering Solutions Swissphone
Hark Systems UCOM Paging
HMCE, Inc. Unication USA
InfoRad, Inc.    United Communications Corp.

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zetron Zetron's Remote Monitoring equipment provides monitoring and notification of unusual conditions and status changes. Messages are automatically transmitted over a radio or a public address system. Notification can be sent via speaker or radio announcement, telephone, cellular phone, or paging.

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unication logo Unication Co., Ltd. a leader in wireless paging technologies, introduces NEW paging products.
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Two-Way Paging, Cost-Effective and Valuable Resource for Public Safety

By Doug Aiken

npstc Editors Note: This article first appeared in the January/February 2009 IMSA Journal, Volume XLVII, Number 1.

In 2007, Jim Weichman, Systems Manager, City of Richmond, approached the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) seeking their assistance on a two-way paging initiative he had developed for emergency group alerting in Richmond, Virginia. NPSTC is a federation of organizations whose mission is to improve public safety communications and interoperability through collaborative leadership. IMSA is an original member of NPSTC. NPSTC's volunteer member organizations are recognized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as leaders and policymakers for the broader nationwide public safety communications community.

Weichman was frustrated that Part 24 spectrum in the 900 MHz band, the intended band for two-way paging applications, was unavailable to public safety. “The irony of paging,” says Weichman, “is that public safety is the leading user of paging technology yet has not had access to the main paging band.“ Two-way paging systems provide a core means to communicate immediately between large numbers of first responders and dispatch. With message acknowledgement and other standard features, two-way paging provides dispatch the ability to know when recipient pagers receive a message, when users read the message, and the reply and status of the users. Weichman adds, “Paging devices are one of the most affordable means of communications for public safety. This capability is very important to the fire service, where many firefighters are volunteers and must be dispatched from wide geographic areas to an incident in a cost-effective manner.”

Why Two-Way Paging?

Weichman presented the benefits of two-way paging for public safety at NPSTC's Quarterly Governing Board meeting in September 2007. He cited the recommendations of the FCC's Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks, which stated in part:

“…[P]agers benefited from having a long battery life and thus remained operating longer during the power outages. Two-way paging operations remained generally operational during the storm and did provide communications capabilities for some police, fire, and emergency medical personnel, but could have been more widely utilized. … Finally, although it is unclear whether this function was utilized, group pages can be sent out during times of emergencies to alert thousands of pager units all at the same time.”

Further evidence of the efficacy of two-way paging for public safety in emergencies, came from the Arlington County After-Action Report on the response to the September 11th terrorist attack on the Pentagon, which noted:

“The paging system, when available and used, seemed to be the most reliable notification device. However, most firefighters do not have pagers. The paging message to members of the NMRT directed personnel not to “callback,” but to report directly to the Arlington County Fire Training Academy. Other page and voicemail messages directed a confirmation callback, adding to an already overburdened telephone system.”

Two-Way Paging Enhances Interoperability

The only two-way paging protocol implemented in the 900 MHz band is ReFLEX, the benefits of which include simulcast digital paging; feedback as responders receive, read, and reply to messages; and the ability to send/receive pages and email. Two-way paging enhances interoperability. For example, says Weichman, if the device shares interoperability with another ReFLEX terminal, when the device leaves one coverage area and reappears in the coverage area of the roaming partner over the Internet, the device will continue to receive messages as if it was in its home network and the user needs to do nothing to accomplish this. “Users can roam between networks by scanning control channels, which provides for a level of interoperability not offered by other technologies yet,” says Weichman.

This is a relatively inexpensive device and infrastructure with secondary applications. “The only roadblock and the reason it has not been widely implemented in public safety is the lack of spectrum for commercial-off-the-shelf devices that operate at 900 MHz, in an environment where the entire 900 MHz narrowband Personal Communication Service (NPCS) allocation has already been auctioned,” Weichman says.

Approaching the FCC

Prior to petitioning the FCC, NPSTC researched public safety's potential access to commercial paging, conducted a review of the defaulting paging licensees to demonstrate how spectrum is available, and compiled a chart of defaulted paging licenses. The proposed letter recommended that the FCC do three things: Audit the band and determine whether licensees have met their obligations; identify abandoned narrowband PCS spectrum; and allow public safety direct access to the band.

NPSTC's letter to the FCC stated that “private two-way digital paging has emerged as an important technology in strengthening emergency preparedness. The Commission's extensive work examining Hurricane Katrina and other catastrophic events indicate that effort should be directed to expanding two-way paging opportunities for public safety.”

Specifically NPSTC asked the FCC to examine the availability of channels in the 901-902/930-931/940-941 MHz band where the Commission has granted geographic licenses in the narrowband PCS auctions and determine whether capacity can be made available to public safety agencies. NPSTC's letter stated, “This information will afford the Commission, public safety agencies, and current licensees opportunity to broaden use of this spectrum by assisting emergency response.”

Commercial Two Way Paging Is Not a Viable Alternative

Weichman says an inhibiting factor in moving forward is the perception that there is no need for two-way paging technology because there is no commercial market for it. Public safety requirements are clearly different from commercial user requirements, and, in public safety, it has become a new and useful technology. Although several commercial paging carriers offer two-way paging service in the 900 MHz band, the extent of coverage is not clear. But, more fundamentally, these services do not meet the mission-critical communications requirements of public safety. The standards of performance, redundancy, and diversity of networks in the public safety service and those of commercial operations, including paging, remain substantially different.

NPSTC's letter to the FCC noted that, “The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has published a standard addressing the installation, performance, operation, and maintenance of public emergency services communications systems and facilities. The Standard for the Installation, Maintenance and Use of Emergency Services Communications Systems states: The paging system shall be under the direct control of the authority having jurisdiction where used as a method of emergency dispatch.”

The emergency nature of public safety operations demands that messages be delivered immediately, in seconds. While achievable with dedicated, private systems, commercial two-way paging service has a built-in delay of at least a minute before messages can be delivered. Additionally, commercial networks do not currently offer an acknowledgement feature for group messaging that is available in private systems. To receive message acknowledgement, group members must be signaled sequentially, one at a time, an unrealistic circumstance for even medium level public safety deployments. Commercial two-way paging systems also have significant coverage gaps in rural and remote areas.

An FCC Examination and Proceeding Would Benefit All Interests

NPSTC's letter stated that, “Two-way paging equipment currently operates only in the 901-902/930-931/940-941 MHz band. The band provides exclusive licensing and has mature standards mitigating interference between licensees. As noted, the segment is assigned licenses on a geographic basis through the Commission's auction procedures. Market conditions surrounding the segment and those circumstances where public safety agencies have gained access to the band through a waiver indicate sound basis for further inquiry.

NPSTC concluded, “that a detailed analysis of the channels actually used in the 901-902/930-931/940-941 MHz band would afford all interests, public safety, licensees, manufacturers and others, opportunity to evaluate alternatives that would provide access to public safety. NPSTC urges that the Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and its Wireless Telecommunications Bureau commence an internal review of the status of these frequencies and invite public participation to determine how best the 900 MHz band can assist public safety.”

Current Status of Wireless Alerting Working Group Efforts

Weichman became part of the solution when he volunteered to chair NPSTC's Wireless Alerting Working Group, which will work to develop educational materials on the alerting and notification issues; assess spectrum bands of interest; meet with the FCC to discuss potential spectrum availability; and seek support for recommended solutions.

In July 2008, Weichman, NPSTC's Regulatory Advisor, and other NPSTC representatives met with the FCC to discuss this underused spectrum and the benefits for public safety, encouraging the FCC to audit the band for utilization by the commercial carriers. It was a positive meeting, Weichman says. The Working Group has developed a draft band plan asking for eight nationwide control channels. With additional spectrum for capacity, public safety could build out those channels and develop interoperability policies across the nation. The spectrum could be managed by the Regional Planning Committees or through individual licensing. USA Mobility, one of the two nationwide paging providers, does not agree with NPSTC's position and has submitted letters to the FCC stating that public safety should use commercial alerting rather than build out private systems.

An Open Invitation to IMSA Members

Your voice can become part of the collaborative work of NPSTC's member organizations to improve public safety telecommunications. Although only the representatives of NPSTC's 15 Member Organizations make up the Governing Board and are entitled to vote, NPSTC participants make a valuable contribution to the field nationally and locally, and to their organizations. NPSTC actively seeks out the participation, expertise, and feedback of public safety and other individuals to be included among the many voices discussing and debating communications technology, interoperability, spectrum, planning, policy, and legislative issues. NPSTC participants can share their points of view in numerous ways. If your schedule or cost constraints preclude you from attending our quarterly meetings, you may participate in the meeting via an open toll-free teleconference line, or throughout the year on our active listservs and teleconferences.

NPSTC's ongoing dialogue on national public safety telecommunication issues affects policies and technologies that affect local organizations every day. For more information, please visit or call 866-807-4755.

Chief Doug Aiken, Chief of the Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid in New Hampshire, is NPSTC's Vice Chair and a member of the International Municipal Signal Association.


Courtesy of npstc quarterly, published by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council. The Newsletter of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council Volume 9, Issue 1, March 2009

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Tech Rumor of the Day: Motorola

06/05/09 - 12:58 PM EDT
Scott Moritz

Motorola is tumbling toward a big four-way breakup.

With its money-losing mobile phone unit set for a spinoff next year, Motorola has also been exploring a plan to sell its telecom networking business and possibly its set-top cable TV operation, Oppenheimer analyst Ittai Kidron writes in a note Friday.

"Our contacts suggest Motorola has already made initial steps in evaluating its options in executing this strategy," Kidron writes.

The possibility of a dramatic four-way separation underscores the severity of the tech spending slowdown and the pressure Motorola is under to avoid a future financial meltdown.

Kidron says that Motorola is in "advanced talks" with China tech shop Huawei over the possible sale of its telecom equipment unit. And according to Kidron, the company is also in "early" discussions to sell its TV set-top box business.

Motorola declined to comment.

The plan would leave a core wireless infrastructure and device business serving government and corporate customers. Motorola is a top supplier of two-way radio gear and secure wireless communications networks to users like public safety agencies, the military and retailers with large warehouse operations.

Similar to the four-way breakup plan first pushed and later dropped by Motorola investor Carl Icahn, Kidron sees the potential business separations as a positive for the stock. "They reflect management's ongoing attempts to continue to focus the company's businesses and unlock value," Kidron wrote.

Motorola's prospects however, continue to hang on its drooping phone business.

Motorola has fallen from third to last place among the top five phone makers as rivals like Nokia (NOK Quote), Samsung and LG remained strong in cell phones and Apple (AAPL Quote) and Research In Motion (RIMM Quote) took marketshare in smartphones.

Separating the phone unit from the rest of the company would certainly relieve the biggest drag on the business. But the challenge for handset chief Sanjay Jha is turning the business around so it can at least break even and not require additional financing once independent. His focus on Google (GOOG Quote) Android-powered smartphones expected in the fourth quarter may help, but it's a long shot in a field of favorites like the Palm (PALM Quote) Pre, the iPhone, BlackBerrys and new Nokia touchscreen designs.

Jha told analysts on an earnings conference call in April that the spinoff of the handset business depends on the health of the credit market and the success of its Android smartphone plan.

A lot rides on Motorola's mobile phone recovery. Its collapse has landed Motorola in somewhat of a financial crisis.

The company's operating cash flow last year fell 69% to $242 million from $785 million in 2007. The company has $63 million in debt payments due this year and is carrying $3.9 billion in long term debt.

As for cash, Motorola is in a tricky position.

The company said on its April earnings call that it had $6.1 billion in cash, down from the $7.4 billion just three months earlier. About $1 billion of that cash burn came from payments to cover a $700 million gap in the receivables it sold and $200 million on restructuring payments.

But the $6.1 billion figure is a little deceptive. About $1.24 billion is unrestricted and available here in the U.S., with the bulk, some $4.6 billion, sitting overseas and subject to taxes if brought stateside. The company says it can repatriate those funds with minimal cash tax cost. Motorola also says it "believes it has more than sufficient liquidity to operate its business."

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By By Laura McFarland
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Monday, June 01, 2009

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Customers don’t see half of what goes on at Carolina Mobile Communications.

When they walk into the store, they have a variety of electronic communication devices to choose from. Behind the scenes, though, the business is much more involved, encompassing its own paging and two-way radio systems, co-owner Joe Brown Jr. said.

“We provide somebody that is not here today and gone tomorrow. We have been at this since 1988. We have a reputation, and I hope people have confidence in us,” said Brown of Rocky Mount.

Q: What services or products do you provide?
A: We are a cellular agent for Cricket Wireless, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile. Cricket is brand new.
Q: Who are your key leaders?
A: Myself and my father, Joe Brown Sr. He is the chairman of the board.
Q: How many people do you employ?
A: There are four of us.
Q: When were you established?
A: 1988.
Q: What’s your business philosophy?
A: Provide everything in communications to meet the needs of the public.
Q: What makes your business unique?
A: We have been at it over 20 years. We provide the full spectrum of communications needs from cellular to critical care paging to radio.
Q: Why did you pick Rocky Mount as a place to do business?
A: I was born here and have always lived here.

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Royal Navy trials 'paging system' for submarines

By Lewis Page
Posted in Science, 2nd June 2009 10:19 GMT

US arms behemoth Raytheon says that the Royal Navy has tried out its new Deep Siren satcomms "paging system" for submarines, and was very impressed.

The company quotes an unnamed UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson as saying that Deep Siren is "the first step toward a transformational capability that will change the way we operate submarines in the future".

One of the great problems of submarines, particularly since nuclear power let them stay submerged for much longer periods, has been communicating with them. If a sub comes to a relatively shallow depth and streams a suitable antenna it can receive special low-frequency, low-bandwidth transmissions sent from dedicated shore stations. Otherwise the only option is for the sub to come to periscope depth and put up an antenna.

All this has meant that modern subs are normally only contactable at prearranged times, during which periods the sub is often more vulnerable to detection than it would otherwise be; and probably constrained in speed too. If a sub is running deep and/or fast, it probably can't be reached at all.

That was OK back in the Cold War, when missions didn't usually require a submarine captain to receive new instructions or information very often and a sub needed to stay well hidden from powerful enemy naval forces. But nowadays the lone-wolf submariners, if they're to be useful, need to be more reachable - and in a typical modern war the maritime opposition is negligible, so it's possible to relax somewhat on staying hidden.

Hence Deep Siren, a fairly basic piece of kit. The idea is that you drop a small buoy into the sea, somewhere within a hundred nautical miles or so of the sub's position. The buoy has Iridium satcomms and an acoustic transducer. Then you can send a message over Iridium to the buoy, which will pass it on acoustically through the water to the sub "at classified depths and speeds", according to Raytheon.

The latest trials referred to by the company were conducted by ships involved in the TAURUS 09 deployment, currently underway, in which the Royal Navy's amphibious task group is conducting exercises around the Indian Ocean.

It would, as the nameless Brit spokesperson says, be a big change in the submarine world if the undersea warships genuinely became reachable in the way that surface vessels and aircraft are. But, as the spokesbeing also says, this is merely a first step. Deep Siren is merely a one-way paging system: and acoustic through-water comms can be highly unreliable.

Furthermore, Raytheon don't really seem to be pushing it along very fast. The company says that it isn't even certified for use aboard aircraft yet. Dropping the Deep Siren buoys from patrol planes or naval helicopters would probably be the normal means of deploying them, so as it stands the system plainly isn't ready for prime time.

Source: The Register (UK)

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June 04, 2009 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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MINNEAPOLIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Amcom Software, Inc., today announced the release of its enhanced Smart Console call center software. Hundreds of organizations across the healthcare, higher education, hospitality, government, and corporate sectors use Amcom’s operator console software to simplify the way they handle mission-critical communications and reduce both costs and operator fatigue. The new version of the company’s Smart Console software makes this possible through fast directory searches, paging and messaging, as well as capabilities such as automatic displays of incoming calls, single-button call transfers, conferencing, speed dialing, and other telephony functions.

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  • Enhanced operator efficiency and communication tools: Operators can use new and improved features for managing exception scheduling, editing phone numbers more quickly, and performing on-call scheduling right from the console. New global search capabilities also allow operators to find individuals in the directory even faster with advanced search options. Team chat capabilities keep operators connected with the ability to share useful information quickly.
  • Expanded platform capability and support: IT teams can now leverage advanced integration with new telephony devices from leading providers as well as the ability to run Smart Console on the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. They’re also able to maintain communications in the event of a network outage by utilizing a local copy of Smart Console.
  • Time-saving administration and improved configuration: System administrators can benefit from smart client technology that allows software updates to be tested on a single PC and then automatically distributed to all operator PCs. This ensures that all operators are using the latest software without administrators needing to update each workstation individually. They can also maintain standardized communications with configurable message templates and tailor the application as needed to meet operational requirements.

Amcom continues to invest in new capabilities for its solution offering by leveraging direct customer input in concert with evolving industry trends and new communication technologies. “Organizations that rely on our call center software every day as well as those considering this type of solution will see tremendous benefit in the ease of use and solid functionality this latest version provides,” said Chris Heim, CEO, Amcom Software. “I’m extremely pleased at how our development team was able to incorporate customer feedback into their process and truly appreciate the time our customers took to provide their candid input.”

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   Vol. 12, No. 22 JUNE 3, 2009   


McDowell, Baker Reportedly Will Fill Republican FCC Seats

Senate Republicans appear to have agreed on reap pointing FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell and appointing former Commerce Department official Meredith Attwell Baker to fill the GOP seats on the Commission, paving the way for confirmation hearings in June, according to the Wall Street Journal. This could pave the way for a confirmation hearing in June for Julius Genachowski (President Obama’s choice for FCC Chairman) and one Republican FCC nominee. Another hearing for the remaining two FCC nominees would likely be scheduled later.

On the Democratic side, the White House has al ready nominated Genachowski and Mignon Clyburn, a South Carolina public utilities commissioner and daughter of House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina. The holdup has also prevented FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein from moving to the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). The FCC is current ly being run by interim Chairman Michael Copps, who’s been focusing most of his time on the transition to digital-only television. Though he has mostly acted as a caretaker, Copps has teed up a few is sues, including studies on increasing diversity in me dia ownership and a new national broadband plan.

Baker is the daughter-in-law of former Secretary of State James Baker. She formerly ran the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and In formation Administration (NTIA). There was some question about whether she would be nominated since she headed the government’s effort to give out coupons for converter boxes needed to keep older TV sets working after the digital transition. Problems with that coupon program resulted in a four-month delay in the transition, according to WSJ.

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



  • Acting Chairman Copps sends rural broadband report to Congress.
  • FCC approves NECA’s proposed modifications to average schedule formulas for interstate access services.
  • FCC seeks to fix omission in 4.9 GHz rules.
  • D.C. Circuit affirms on exclusivity pacts between cable companies, apartment buildings.


Acting Chairman Copps Sends Rural Broadband Report To Congress

As required by the 2008 Farm Bill, Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps has submitted a report to Congress titled Bringing Broadband to Rural America: Report on a Rural Broadband Strategy. “I believe the Commission should do more such reports for Congress—not establishing policies that require Commission approval—but putting forth recommendations, ideas, and options to advise Congress, government, and the public as they consider these important issues,” Copps said. “I look forward to continuing to work on these issues with my colleagues and Congress and trust that this Report will help inform the discussion and provide a building block as the Com mission develops its national broadband plan.” In light of all this, the Report makes the following recommendations:

Coordination of Rural Broadband Efforts. Increasing coordination—among federal agencies; Tribal, state, and local governments; and community groups and individuals—is a critical preliminary step towards ensuring that the various government programs accomplish their broadband goals and objectives in an efficient and effective way.

  • Improving Federal Agency Coordination. The federal interagency working group, formed by the Obama administration to coordinate the administration’s broadband agenda, should continue its ongoing efforts to enhance interagency coordination of rural broadband initiatives; and the Commission and other federal agencies should consider developing their own “rural broadband agendas” consistent with the national broadband plan.
  • Other Coordination Efforts.

Tribal Coordination. To ensure a truly comprehensive strategy for addressing rural broadband deployment and adoption, it is important to maintain a continuing dialogue to address the unique issues presented in Tribal areas. As an integral part of their rural broadband initiatives:

(1) Federal agencies should consider how to maximize existing programs to improve coordination with Tribal governments; and

(2) The Commission should consult with Tribal governments pursuant to its Tribal Policy Statement in developing its national broadband plan and, in particular, in developing the aspects of that plan that affect broadband deployment and subscribership specifically on Tribal lands

State Coordination. The Commission and its state counterparts should take advantage of existing coordination mechanisms, such as the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services (Joint Conference). The Joint Conference should:

(1) Provide the Commission with its own recommendations for improving federal state coordination regarding rural broad band;

(2) Include in its recommendations proposals for federal-state coordination to address and ameliorate the unique challenges presented to rural minority communities and persons with disabilities re siding in rural areas; and

(3) Compile an inventory of successful state and local projects and “best practices.”

Coordination with Communities. In order to be successful in coordinating existing federal programs concerning rural broadband or rural initiatives, it is also critical that the federal government collaborate and coordinate with community and advocacy organizations in rural areas. The minority, disability, and low-income communities in rural areas face particular challenges. Federal agencies should work closely with organizations:

(1) To help ensure that all members of minority groups residing in rural areas have access to robust and affordable broadband services and that minority owned businesses participate fully in the buildout of broadband infrastructure in those areas.

(2) Representing persons with disabilities to help ensure that they have afford able access to broadband services capable of supporting the full array of applications responsive to their needs.

(3) That serve low-income residents to ensure the opportunities that affordable broadband offers this community do not go unrealized.

  • Streamlining and Improving Existing Federal Programs. All relevant federal agencies should review their programs to identify what internal barriers, if any, may be making rural broadband deployment more difficult.
  • Promoting Efficient Use of Government Funds and Resources. Federal agencies should review their non-broadband-related pro grams that involve rural issues to assess whether those programs provide opportunities to pro mote rural broadband deployment.
  • Coordinating Program Criteria. So that dissimilar definitions and criteria across related or complementary programs do not unnecessarily hinder interagency coordination, federal agencies involved in rural broadband should coordinate key terminology (e.g., rural) across pro grams, consistent with their legislative mandates.
  • Government Websites. One barrier to rural broadband deployment and adoption is a lack of easily-accessible and coordinated information about government resources available for promoting broadband. To help address this problem, the Report recommends that the Commission expand its website to include a comprehensive set of links to all federal government pro grams related to rural broadband. The Report also suggests expanding the Commission’s and USDA’s existing “Broadband Opportunities for Rural America” website to include a comprehensive list of all federal government programs related to rural broadband.

Assessing Broadband Needs. Congress directed that this Report make recommendations “to address both short and long-term needs assessments” for rural broadband. The Report does this by addressing the challenges of rural broadband today and the needs of rural broadband going forward.

  • Technological Considerations. Every rural area presents its own special challenges, and a particular technological solution may be well suited to one situation and poorly-suited to another. Decision makers therefore should proceed on a technology-neutral basis—by considering the attributes of all potential technologies—in selecting the technology or technologies to be deployed in a particular rural area.
  • Information on Broadband Availability. One significant challenge to ubiquitous broadband deployment in rural areas is obtaining accurate information on broadband service and infrastructure availability and the demand for broadband services. Pursuant to the Broadband Data Improvement Act (BDIA) and the Recovery Act, the Commission should work to collect this information to better inform decision making, in coordination with the administration, and Tribal and state governments.
  • Broadband Mapping. In the rural context, broadband mapping is a necessary tool for identifying and tracking broadband service availability and infrastructure deployment, yet it is only as accurate and reliable as its underlying data. Pursuant to the Recovery Act and the BDIA, the Commission and the administration should continue their efforts to coordinate federal, Tribal, state, local, and private mapping efforts.
  • Stimulating and Sustaining Demand for Broadband. Various factors may affect demand for broadband services in rural areas, including a lack of knowledge regarding the benefits of Internet access, lack of training on how to use a computer, socioeconomic and demographic factors, and affordability. To help stimulate and sustain demand for broadband services in rural areas, both public and private entities should consider developing consumer education and training initiatives, broadband affordability programs, and other incentives to achieve sustainable penetration rates.
  • Addressing Network Costs. Relying on market forces alone will not bring robust and affordable broadband services to all parts of rural America. Therefore, all levels of government should explore ways to help overcome the high costs of rural broadband deployment.

Overcoming Challenges to Rural Broadband Deployment. Because the national broadband plan is not due until February 2010, it is prudent for the Commission to identify any pending and proposed Commission proceedings affecting rural broadband. These pending proceedings include universal service reform, network openness, spectrum access, middle mile/special access reform, intercarrier compensation, access to poles and rights of way, tower siting, and video programming proceedings. The Commission should consider all these proceedings as it develops the national broadband plan, balancing the desire to resolve these matters with the need to address rural broadband in the context of a much broader and forward-looking national broadband plan. Chairman Copps continues to support comprehensive reform of the universal service program. “It is of great interest to Congress, consumers, industry, and the Commission. I have long held the view that it is time for universal service to meet the communications challenge of the 21st century—broadband deployment—just as it did the communications challenge of the 20th century—telephone service.”

Status Report. To help inform Congress of any needed changes to the recommendations in this Report in light of additional efforts to address rural broadband issues, including the completion of the national broadband plan, the next Commission Chairman should consider completing a status report on rural broadband approximately one year from now.

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


FCC APPROVES NECA’s PROPOSED MODIFICA TIONS TO AVERAGE SCHEDULE FORMULAS FOR INTERSTATE ACCESS SERVICES: The FCC has ap proved the National Exchange Carrier Association’s (NECA’s) proposed modifications to the current average schedule formulas to become effective July 1, 2009. Ac cording to the FCC, NECA’s filing was submitted in accordance with Commission rules that require NECA to submit proposed modifications to the average schedule formulas annually or to certify that no modifications are warranted. NECA proposes to revise the formulas for average schedule interstate settlement disbursements in connection with the provision of interstate access services. NECA notes that factors driving this year’s filing include slow account growth and significant reductions in some access demand elements. NECA proposes to “change the way settlements are calculated for tandem switching and line haul circuit termination costs to reflect significant cost efficiencies associated with high ratios of circuits per access line.” NECA proposes “to continue to limit access minute volumes and line haul circuit counts that would be eligible for average schedule settlements.” NECA also proposes to provide “a special access settlement method adjustment for study areas that provide digital subscriber line (DSL) outside NECA’s tariff, to keep their settlements for non-DSL services at parity with other study areas.” NECA explains that “study areas with high ratios of inter-toll circuits per access line or of line haul circuit terminations per access line will realize significant settlement reductions, while study areas with very low ratios will experience increases in settlements.” NECA calculates that the majority of other companies will have small settlement increases, assuming demand levels remain constant year-to-year, although the effects on individual average schedule companies will vary de pending on each company’s size and demand characteristics. Overall, NECA proposes formula changes that would increase settlement rates by about 2.09 percent, given constant demand. NECA requests that these modifications take effect on July 1, 2009, and remain in effect through June 30, 2010. The FCC reviewed NECA’s filing and found that its proposed formula revisions are reasonable. Accordingly, the formulas will become effective July 1, 2009, and remain in effect through June 30, 2010. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC SEEKS TO FIX OMISSION IN 4.9 GHz RULES: The FCC has adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) to address an apparent inadvertent omission of a Commission rule that provided an exemption to 4.9 GHz band applicants from certified frequency coordination. It seeks comment on reinstating the omitted language into the Commission's part 90 rules. When the Commission originally crafted the 4.9 GHz rules, it did not require frequency coordinators to certify applications because “all frequencies will be shared among licensees, and adjacent and co-located licensees are required to cooperate and coordinate in use of the spectrum.'' Accordingly, the Commission codified a frequency coordination exemption for applications for frequencies in the 4940-4990 MHz band (4.9 GHz exemption). The 4.9 GHz exemption appeared in the Federal Register entry for the 4.9 GHz Third Report and Order, 68 FR 38635, June 30, 2003, as well as the 2003 and 2004 editions of the Commission's rules on Sec. 90.175(j). However, in 2005 and subsequent editions of the Code of Federal Regulations, the exemption for 4.9 GHz applications was omitted. The omission of the 4.9 GHz exemption appears to have occurred inadvertently as a result of a rulemaking in 2004. On February 10, 2004, the Commission released a 5.9 GHz Report and Order, 69 FR 46438, August 3, 2004, to revise, inter alia, Sec. 90.175(j) “by adding a new subparagraph (17)'' to exempt from frequency coordination “applications for DSRCS [Dedicated Short-Range Communications Service] licensees (as well as registrations for Roadside Units) in the 5850-5925 GHz band” (DSRCS exemption). However, the 2003 Code of Federal Regulations, which was in effect at the time the 5.9 GHz Report and Order was released, already contained seventeen exemptions in Sec. 90.175(j). Because the 5.9 GHz Report and Order stated that it was adding a new subparagraph, the FCC tentatively concludes that the Commission did not intend to delete the 4.9 GHz exemption, then listed as Sec. 90.175(j)(17). The FCC bases this tentative conclusion on the lack of any corresponding discussion in the 5.9 GHz Report and Order relating to such a deletion, or any evidence of such an intention in subsequent proceedings. Comments in this WP Docket No. 07-100 proceeding are due July 20, 2009. Reply comments are due August 19, 2009. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

D.C. CIRCUIT AFFIRMS FCC BAN ON EXCLUSIVITY PACTS BETWEEN CABLE COMPANIES, APART MENT BUILDINGS: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled that the FCC acted well within the bounds of Section 628 of the Communications Act and general administrative law in finding that exclusivity agreements between cable companies and owners of apartment buildings and other multi-unit developments have an anti-competitive effect on the cable market. In National Cable & Telecommunications Association v. FCC, the D.C. Circuit said that the Commission believes that these deals—which involve a cable company exchanging a valuable service like wiring a building for the exclusive right to provide service to the residents—may be regulated under section 628 of the Communications Act as cable company practices that significantly impair the ability of their competitors to deliver programming to consumers. The Commission thus forbade cable operators not only from entering into new exclusivity con tracts, but also from enforcing old ones. Petitioners, associations representing cable operators and apartment building owners, argue that the Commission exceeded its statutory authority, arbitrarily departed from precedent, and otherwise violated the Administrative Procedure Act. The court concluded “Having carefully considered the parties’ excellent submissions, we disagree and conclude that the Commission acted well within the bounds of both section 628 and general administrative law.” Blooston Law contact: Gerry Duffy.


JUNE 30: ANNUAL ICLS USE CERTIFICATION. Rate of return carriers and CETCs must file a self-certification with the FCC and the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) stating that all Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS) and Long Term Support (LTS) will be used only for the provision, maintenance, and upgrading of facilities and services for which the support is in tended. In other words, carriers are required to certify that their ICLS and LTS support is being used consistent with Section 254(e) of the Communications Act. Failure to file this self-certification will preclude the carrier from receiving ICLS support. We, therefore, strongly recommend that clients have BloostonLaw submit this filing and obtain an FCC proof-of-filing receipt for client records. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

JULY 10: DTV EDUCATION REPORT. New 700 MHz licensees from Auction No. 73 are required to file a report with the FCC concerning their efforts to educate consumers about the upcoming transition to digital television (DTV). Last summer, we explained that the FCC’s Part 27 rules require 700 MHz licensees that won licenses in Auction No. 73 to file quarterly reports on their DTV consumer outreach efforts through the Spring of 2009. However, in an apparent contradiction, the same rules do not impose any substantive consumer education requirements on 700 MHz license holders. This situation has not changed. The reporting rule simply states that “the licensee holding such authorization must file a report with the Commission indicating whether, in the previous quarter, it has taken any outreach efforts to educate consumers about the transition from analog broadcast television service to digital broadcast television service (DTV) and, if so, what specific efforts were undertaken.” Many licensees may not have initiated 700 MHz service as of yet. However, to the extent they are also an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) and recipient of federal USF funds, separate FCC rules found in 47 C.F.R. Part 54 (Universal Service) require ETCs to send monthly DTV transition notices to all Lifeline/Link-Up customers (e.g., as part of their monthly bill), and to include information about the DTV transition as part of any Lifeline or Link-Up publicity campaigns until June 30, 2009. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky and Cary Mitchell.

JULY 20: FCC FORM 497, LOW INCOME QUARTERLY REPORT. This form, the Lifeline and Link-Up Work sheet, must be submitted to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) by all eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) that request reimbursement for participating in the low-income program. The form must be submitted by the third Monday after the end of each quarter. It is available at: BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

JULY 31: FCC FORM 507, UNIVERSAL SERVICE QUARTERLY LINE COUNT UPDATE. Line count up dates are required to recalculate a carrier's per line universal service support, and is filed with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). This information must be submitted on July 31 each year by all rate of-return incumbent carriers, and on a quarterly basis if a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier (CETC) has initiated service in the rate-of-return incumbent carrier’s service area and reported line count data to USAC in the rate-of-return incumbent carrier’s service area, in order for the incumbent carrier to be eligible to receive Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS). This quarterly filing is due July 31 and covers lines served as of December 31, 2007. Incumbent carriers filing on a quarterly basis must also file on September 30 (for lines served as of March 31, 2008); December 30 (for lines served as of June 30, 2008), and March 31, 2009, for lines served as of September 30, 2008).. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

JULY 31: FCC FORM 525, COMPETITIVE CARRIER LINE COUNT QUARTERLY REPORT. Competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (CETCs) are eligible to receive high cost support if they serve lines in an incumbent carrier’s service area, and that incumbent carrier receives high cost support. CETCs are eligible to receive the same per-line support amount received by the incumbent carrier in whose study area the CETC serves lines. Unlike the incumbent carriers, CETCs will use FCC Form 525 to submit their line count data to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). This quarter ly report must be filed by the last business day of March (for lines served as of September 30 of the previous year); the last business day of July (for lines served as of December 31 of the previous year); the last business day of September (for lines served as of March 31 of the current year); and the last business day of December (for lines served as of June 30 of the current year). CETCs must file the number of working loops served in the service area of an incumbent carrier, disaggregated by the incumbent carrier’s cost zones, if applicable, for High Cost Loop (HCL), Local Switching Support (LSS), Long Term Support (LTS), and Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS). ICLS will also require the loops to be reported by customer class as further described below. For Interstate Access Support (IAS), CETCs must file the number of working loops served in the service area of an incumbent carrier by Unbundled Network Element (UNE) zone and customer class. Working loops provided by CETCs in ser vice areas of non-rural incumbents receiving High Cost Model (HCM) support must be filed by wire center or other methodology as determined by the state regulatory authority. CETCs may choose to complete FCC Form 525 and submit it to USAC, or designate an agent to file the form on its behalf. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

JULY 31: REPORT OF EXTENSION OF CREDIT TO FEDERAL CANDIDATES. This report (in letter format) must be filed by January 30 and July 31 of each year, but ONLY if the carrier extended unsecured credit to a candidate for a Federal elected office during the reporting period. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

AUGUST 1: FTC BEGINS ENFORCEMENT OF RED FLAG RULES. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has delayed enforcement of the “Red Flag” Rules for 90 days until August 1, 2009, to give creditors and financial institutions additional time to implement identity theft programs. Under the new rules, all businesses that maintain a creditor-debtor relationship with customers, including virtually all telecommunications carriers (but other companies as well), must adopt written procedures designed to detect the relevant warning signs of identity theft, and implement an appropriate response. The Red Flag compliance program was in place as of November 1, 2008. But the FTC will not enforce the rules until Au gust 1, 2009, meaning only that a business will not be subject to enforcement action by the FTC if it de lays implementing the program until August 1. The FTC announcement does not affect other federal agencies’ enforcement of the original Nov. 1, 2008, compliance deadline for institutions subject to their oversight. Other liabilities may be incurred if a violation occurs in the meantime. The requirements are not just binding on telcos and wireless carriers that are serving the public on a common carrier basis. They also apply to any “creditor” (which includes entities that defer payment for goods or services) that has “covered accounts” (ac counts used mostly for personal, family or household purposes). This also may affect private user clients, as well as many telecom carriers’ non-regulated affiliates and subsidiaries. BloostonLaw has prepared a Red Flag Compliance Manual to help your company achieve compliance with the Red Flag Rules. Please contact Gerry Duffy (202-828-5528) or Mary Sisak (202-828-5554) with any questions or to request the manual.

AUGUST 3: FCC FORM 499-Q, TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORTING WORKSHEET. All telecommunications common carriers that expect to contribute more than $10,000 to federal Universal Service Fund (USF) support mechanisms must file this quarterly form. (Normally this form is due on August 1, but because August 1 falls on a Saturday this year, the next business day is Monday, August 3.) This filing requirement also applies to certain Private Mobile Radio Service (PMRS) licensees, such as for-profit paging and messaging, dispatch and two-way mobile radio services. The FCC has modified this form in light of its recent decision to establish interim measures for USF contribution assessments. The form contains revenue information from the prior quarter plus projections for the next quarter. Form 499-Q relates only to USF contributions. It does not relate to the cost recovery mechanisms for the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and the shared costs of local number portability (LNP), which are covered in the annual form (Form 499-A) that was due April 1. For-profit private radio service providers that are “de minimis” (those that contribute less than $10,000 per year to the USF) do not have to file the 499-A or 499-Q. However, they must fill out the form and retain the relevant calculations as well as documentation of their contribution base revenues for three years. De minimis telecom carriers must actually file the Form 499A, but not the 499Q. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

AUGUST 3: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT: Any wireless or wireline carrier (including paging companies) that have received number blocks--including 100, 1,000, or 10,000 number blocks—from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), a Pooling Administrator, or from another carrier, must file Form 502 by August 3. (Normally, this filing would be due August 1, but this year August 1 falls on a Saturday, and FCC rules require the filing be submitted the first business day thereafter.) Carriers porting numbers for the purpose of transferring an established customer’s service to another service provider must also report, but the carrier receiving numbers through porting does not. Resold services should also be treated like ported numbers, meaning the carrier transfer ring the resold service to another carrier is required to report those numbers but the carrier receiving such numbers should not report them. New this year is that report ing carriers are required to include their FCC Registration Number (FRN). Reporting carriers file utilization and forecast reports semiannually on or before February 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending December 31, and on or before August 1 for the preceding six month reporting period ending June 30. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.


June 3 – FCC open meeting.

June 4 – Deadline for comments on FY 2009 regulatory fees (MD Docket No. 09-65).

June 8 – Deadline for reply comments on NOI to refresh record on non-rural USF support mechanism (WC Dock et No. 05-337).

June 8 – Deadline for comments on NOI seeking comment on developing national broadband plan (GN Docket No. 09-51).

June 11 – Deadline for reply comments on FY 2009 regulatory fees (MD Docket No. 09-65).

June 12 – DTV Transition.

June 13 – DTV Analog Nightlight program begins and runs for 30 days until July 12.

June 15 – Deadline for reply comments on conservation groups’ request for FCC action on antenna structures (WT Docket Nos. 08-61, 03-187).

June 15 – Deadline for comments on 14th Annual Report on CMRS Competition (WT Docket No. 09-66).

June 16 – Deadline for ILECs filing annual access tariffs on 15 days’ notice (carriers proposing to increase any of their rates).

June 19 – Deadline for both paper and electronic copies of applications for FY 2009 RUS Community Connect Grants for broadband projects.

June 23 – Deadline for petitions to suspend or reject annual access tariffs filed on 15 days’ notice (by carriers proposing to increase any of their rates).

June 24 – Deadline for ILECs filing annual access tariffs on seven day’s notice (carriers proposing to decrease all of their rates).

June 26 – Deadline for petitions to suspend or reject annual access tariffs filed on seven day’s notice (by carriers proposing to decrease all of their rates).

June 26 – Deadline for replies to petitions to suspend or reject annual access tariffs filed on 15 days’ notice (by carriers proposing to increase any of their rates).

June 29 – Deadline for replies to petitions to suspend or reject annual access tariffs filed on seven day’s notice (by carriers proposing to decrease all of their rates).

June 29 – Deadline for reply comments on 14th Annual Report on CMRS Competition (WT Docket No. 09-66).

June 30 – DTV Consumer Education Initiative requirements expire.

June 30 – Annual ICLS Use Certification is due.

June 30 – Deadline for reply comments on Supplemental NOI regarding video competition report (2008 data) (MB Docket No. 07-269).

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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