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Friday — September 11, 2015 — Issue No. 674


Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Welcome to The Wireless Messaging News.

Not much exciting going on around here this week. Well . . . except on Labor Day I was stung by a couple of wasps. From now on I am going to carefully watch for more than just snakes in my back yard.

Wow! Those little critters are aggressive and their stings really hurt!

A dermatologist, recommended cold compresses (ice) on the spot followed by some over-the-counter cortisone cream. Good advice—it helped, but it still hurts four days later.

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Flags were lined up at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on the 14th anniversary of the terror attacks.
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New York Today: A Day to Remember

By TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG and NOAH REMNICK
SEPT. 11, 2015

Updated at 10:07 a.m.

Good morning on this somber Friday.

Today is the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Events are scheduled throughout the day and across the city to pay tribute to those who died and honor the emergency workers.

At the National September 11 Memorial & Museum downtown, a moment of silence began the ceremonies at 8:46 a.m., the minute the first plane hit the towers.

Families of victims then began reading the names of those who were killed.

Others clutched framed photographs close to their chest or had the face of a loved one printed on their T-shirt.

Above the crowds of hundreds that gathered, posters bobbed. Some were designed with images of the towers and the American flag along with a photo of their relative, and others looked more homemade, like the one declaring in glittery block letters, “We love you! We miss you!”


There will be a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the minute the first plane hit the towers.
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CBRM fire chiefs worry about clash between pagers, new mobile system

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Published September 2, 2015 - 7:06pm


CBRM deputy fire chiefs Chris March and Gilbert MacIntyre try out the new radio system, which has raised some concerns.
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CBRM deputy fire chiefs Chris March and Gilbert MacIntyre try out the new radio system, which has raised some concerns. (TOM AYERS / Cape Breton Bureau)
SYDNEY — Some volunteer fire department chiefs are raising concerns about the new trunked mobile radio system being rolled out in Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

While they like the clarity and improved coverage of the new radios, known as TMR2, they say the new system is interfering with the VHF pager system and is making incident commanders’ jobs more difficult.

Since the new technology was installed earlier this year, the quality of pager messages has deteriorated, Lloyd MacIntosh, chief of the North Sydney Volunteer Fire Department, told the municipality’s fire and emergency services committee Wednesday.

That needs to be fixed soon, he said, because the fire service in rural areas relies on its ability to call out volunteers immediately.

“It’s only a matter of time before something happens that we cannot change,” said MacIntosh.

Meanwhile, each department is trying to develop their own policies and procedures on how to use the new technology while maintaining the old system, he said, and that is making it difficult to communicate with other departments and officials.

“We all need to be singing from the same song sheet,” MacIntosh told reporters after the meeting.

The municipality has already spent $1.5 million on installing new equipment at the 911 dispatch centre and to purchase TMR2 radios for all of the career firefighters. The province also donated up to 10 additional TMR2 radios for each of the municipality’s 33 volunteer departments.

However, many volunteer fire chiefs say they want all volunteers to carry the new radios.

The municipality has to maintain the existing VHF system, said information technology director John MacKinnon, because the TMR2 technology does not have a paging system built in, and the volunteer departments still use VHF radios while at the scene of an incident.

Glace Bay Fire Chief John Chant told the committee incident commanders now have to carry one TMR2 radio and two VHF radios, plus a cellphone and pager, in order to communicate with dispatch, firefighters and other officials.

“As chief of Glace Bay, my only concern is my firefighter safety right now,” Chant said. “And right now, the VHF system is working very well for me.

“I will continue to use (VHF) on scene, no matter if we switch over to TMR2 or not … because it gives me the best communication for my money.”

George Muise, a planning officer with the provincial Emergency Management Office, told the committee the decision to move to trunked mobile radio over VHF was made at the provincial level, with RCMP and Emergency Health Services already using the new system.

He said fire departments across the province are starting to use the new system, but they all have to maintain VHF for pagers and radios.

Trunked mobile radio is a superior system, he said, but people need to be trained properly in its use. Part of the problem with pager message quality is likely the way dispatchers are using the system, and that can be fixed, said Muise.

In August, councillors balked at approving a 10-year service contract for the new radios over concerns about the escalating cost.

On Tuesday, they again deferred a decision on the contract until after Wednesday’s fire services committee meeting — where a recommendation to purchase 246 more radios to cover all volunteers was expected to be dealt with — and until the budget implications can be clarified by staff.

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Ohio Fire Agency Upgrades Paging System to Simoco Simulcast

Thursday, September 03, 2015

The Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in Ottawa County, Ohio, upgraded its fire departments’ paging system to bring more reliable emergency alerts to fire personnel across the county.

The legacy system was outdated and relied on sending two pages for each call-out to ensure that at least one alert was received by emergency responders. The new Simoco simulcast-based system supports 250 pagers, which will notify fire personnel of emergencies in their respective town, city or township and was provided by Cleveland Communications. Simoco’s simulcast technology provides reliable coverage across the entire county, broadcasting alerts across multiple overlapping sites on the same frequency.

“The new system is light years more advanced when compared to what we were previously working with,” said Fred Petersen, Ottawa County EMA director. “When you are dealing with emergencies, you can’t gamble with getting alerts to responders; response times are crucial to saving lives and property. What we have now are clear pages received across Ottawa County for the VHF fire paging system, all of the time.”

The system, which went live in July, comprises Simoco Solar 2 analog simulcast technologies, which feature Solar-Sync principles of a plug-and-play digital IP simulcast and a voting solution, and includes four network interfaces and a traffic manager, which then interface with a third-party base station and paging network.

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Apple Inc: Here’s How The iPhone 6s Stacks Up Against The iPhone 6

Bidness takes a look at how the two phones differ when compared against each other

By: LARRY DARRELL
Published: Sep 11, 2015 at 12:51 pm EST

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) on Wednesday finally released the latest iPhone, which has been named the iPhone 6s. Its predecessor, the iPhone 6, was renowned for its state of the art design, user friendliness, and high functionality. Aside from its look, the iPhone 6s does pack a punch.

Bidness Etc will be looking and comparing the two phones, and analyzing the pros and cons of the two phones.

The first change that the new phone sports is the 3D touch, which is essentially an upgrade of the force touch of the Apple Watch. What it does is measure the pressure of your fingers and responds accordingly. For example, a harder touch on the screen denotes more pressure and accordingly this causes a new menu to open up. Alternatively, a user can also swipe and get their task done in a matter of minutes.

The new A9 chip is essentially faster than its predecessor by 70% in computing speed, and 90% faster in the graphical aspect. Meaning that the iPhone 6s will have extremely fast computing capabilities, along with smoother and crisper graphics. It also includes a built in M9 motion co-processor, which essentially allows for step tracking of your phone.

Another improvement is on the camera front where the 8 megapixel camera has been replaced with a 12 megapixel one. The step up in the hardware specs allows an improved picture quality in low lighting, and an even bigger panoramic frame. The camera also allows the user to shoot and edit 4K videos.

The live photo feature is another new feature that is available on default. This works by swiping the finger across the face of your screen and taking multiple stills with one shot. This also means a user can quickly swipe their finger and make a video in a matter of minutes.

A significant improvement has also been made for the front end camera, which essentially means that the new front facing camera is 5 megapixels, as opposed to the 1.2 megapixel camera of its predecessor.

The new phone is also made from a superior aluminum alloy, which developers say is used in the aerospace industry. This was done due to complaints of the bent iPhone made by users of previous versions. There is also the appearance of a new color, possibly to give the phone a more feminine look. The Rose Gold will now be available, along with the silver, gold, and space gray.

The new phone will also allow for $32 monthly update programs, which will be available to users of the Apple retail stores in the US. The phone is available for pre-order starting from September 12, and will be available in select countries from September 25 onwards.

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September 11th – The Challenges of Emergency Communications in High-Rise Buildings

By Yossi Segal
September 8, 2015 1:43 PM

The design and construction of skyscrapers emerged in the 19th century with the purpose of maximizing building area in the smallest lot area. Two new developments have paved the way for this new type of construction: a safe elevator, and construction from steel. In old-style buildings such as the New York Empire State Building, most of the buildings were constructed of reinforced concrete, including the elevator and stair shafts. In the new skyscrapers, the elevators, stair shaft, utility shafts etc. are placed in a "core area," which is mostly found in the center of the building. Today, high rise buildings are required to have emergency responder's radio coverage throughout the building. This requires that a system be installed in the building that ensures fair radio communications between emergency responders. With most stair shafts located in the building's central "core area," which is "wrapped" by the building itself, and is constructed by concrete walls, most stair shafts themselves become an obstacle to almost any means of communications, and are an extreme N-LOS (non – line of sight) area for most communications modes – including radio. In fact, if there is one construction component of a high rise building that firefighters don't know enough of, it is stair shaft systems.

With skyscrapers dominating most of today's major cities' skylines, one of the main concerns remains; What happens in emergency or disaster events when the evacuation of thousands of people from a single or multiple high rising buildings is at stake, and no reliable communication system is in sight? Even when all communications systems are in place and working, can they communicate through concrete and N-LOS stair shafts?

Radio Problems Hindered Rescue Efforts of the Heroes on 9/11

This is one of the main reasons for lacking communications during the 9/11 disasters. Radio problems prevented from many of the firefighters to adequately communicate with each other within the building, not to mention receive and transmit information to and from local headquarters located not far from the buildings. Not only was it impossible to communicate efficiently between dispatch groups within different sectors of the same stair shaft, it was impossible to communicate with between dispatched groups from within the same force (fire department), not to mention between different forces: fire, police, EMS etc. to work together as a unified entity.

Is there a technology that can sustain such a vital line of communications ? The answer is that yes, there is.

The first step to overcoming such a challenging communications environment is by creating a private wireless communications network that will deliver communications regardless of any existing or non-existing communications infrastructure. The second step is to assure that a no single point of failure communications network is in place. One of the leading communications technologies that provide both of the above mentioned points would be a 4G MESH-based wireless private network. With the right products and solutions, such a network can deliver much more than just radio voice communication but also HD video, data and VoIP.

However, a regular MESH topology will not necessarily suffice for such a highly obstructive communications environment. For such surroundings, a Collaborative MESH topology is required. A Collaborative MESH, also known as Collaborative Relay,is applicable here, and will amplify all communication transfer and reception from any multipoint-to-multipoint, thus further reinforcing and assuring a strong and stable network. A third step is to ensure that your collaborative relay topology is operable on-the-move by all relevant parties: fire department and police personnel, EMC vehicles, fire vehicles, police cars, helicopters and any additional force that is on the move.

This network architecture and topology enables all dispatch and emergency units to receive and share video, data and VoIP as well as fully communicate with local HQ in broadcast, multi-cast and unicast mode and ultimately operate as a unified entity. Furthermore, local HQ can now obtain information from multiple onsite sources and obtain better perspective and grasp of the situation and be in a superior position to make life saving decisions.

9/11 has changed the face of the earth and how we think. Such technology was not available back then (and who would have thought that such challenges would be a major concern?). But with high rising building constantly changing our skyline and with advanced technologies available today, reliable communications in building shafts is no longer impossible!

Of course, no article about 9/11 can be complete without acknowledging the heroes who selflessly gave their lives to save others. We remember them on this anniversary of the terrible attacks.

Yossi Segal is the Co-Founder& VP of Research and Development for Mobilicom

DISCLOSURE: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors, and do not represent the views of equities.com . Readers should not consider statements made by the author as formal recommendations and should consult their financial advisor before making any investment decisions. To read our full disclosure, please go to: http://www.equities.com/disclaimer

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Comment Deadline on 11th Broadband Progress Notice of Inquiry Extended

Last month, the FCC extended the comment deadline for its 11 th Broadband Progress Notice of Inquiry (NOI). Comments are now due September 15, and reply comments are due September 30.

The NOI, released at the beginning of August, seeks comment on whether the term “advanced telecommunications capability” should be defined to account for consumer needs and features associated with mobile broadband service and, if so, whether “advanced telecommunications capability” should be deemed to include consumer access to both fixed and mobile broadband service. According to the FCC, a number of factors appear to indicate that “mobile and fixed broadband appear to be different services in a number of respects under current technological and economic conditions, and that each currently appears best suited to serve different consumer needs.” The FCC also proposes to retain the speed benchmark of 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload applied to fixed terrestrial services in the 2015 Broadband Progress Report, and seeks comment on applying this speed benchmark to fixed satellite services. The FCC also seeks comment on a lower speed benchmark for mobile broadband service, particularly in the event that it finds that “advanced telecommunications capability” includes access to both fixed and mobile broadband service.

Oppositions Due September 17 to Petitions for Reconsideration of Lifeline Order

On September 2, the FCC published notice of two Petitions for Reconsideration of its Lifeline Order on Reconsideration and Second Report and Order that were originally filed on August 13. Oppositions to the Petitions are due September 17, and replies are due September 28.

In one petition, CTIA – The Wireless Association seeks reconsideration of the FCC’s conclusion that Sections 222(a) and 201(b) of the Communications Act impose a duty on carriers to protect and secure all data obtained while verifying the eligibility of potential Lifeline subscribers, including data beyond CPNI. However, according to CTIA, “Congress gave the Commission no authority to impose customer data security regulations other than with respect to CPNI, and neither Section 222(a) nor Section 201(b) gives the Commission authority to impose customer data security requirements of any kind.”

In the other petition, filed by a group of wireless ETCs, petitioners seek reconsideration of the method by which the FCC established a uniform snapshot date for Lifeline reimbursements going forward because “the revised rule as written would result in many situations where eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) provide Lifeline benefits to eligible low-income consumers without receiving reimbursement for such services.” These petitioners note, however that they are not opposed to the establishment of a snapshot itself.

FCC Issues NPRM on Retransmission Consent

On September 2, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the “totality of the circumstances” test used in evaluating whether broadcast stations and multichannel video programming distributors are negotiating for retransmission consent in good faith. Comments will be due 60 days after publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register, and reply comments will be due another 30 days after that.

In the NPRM, the FCC seeks comment on whether it should make any updates to the “totality of the circumstances” test itself to ensure that the conduct of broadcasters and MVPDs during negotiations for retransmission consent, and after such negotiations have broken down, meet the good faith standard. The FCC also seeks comment on whether there are specific practices that it should identify as evidencing bad faith under the totality of the circumstances test.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Joins List of TCPA Order Challengers

On September 2, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging several aspects of the TCPA Omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order issued by the FCC which, according to the Chamber, “will accelerate abusive class action lawsuits against businesses under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.”

Similar to previously reported petitions, the Chamber argues that the Order:

  • improperly expands the scope of the TCPA by including calls to wireless numbers made from equipment that is not currently able "to store or produce telephone numbers to be called, using a random or sequential number generator:' and “to dial such numbers;”
  • improperly defines the term “called party” for purposes of the TCPA's prior express consent provisions as the "current subscriber (or non-subscriber customary user of the phone),” rather than the intended recipient of a call;
  • gives a caller only one call before imposing strict liability for calls made to numbers that, without the caller's knowledge, have been reassigned from a person who previously gave express consent--even if that one call goes unanswered; and
  • improperly limits the TCPA’s consent defense by providing that “a called party may revoke consent at any time and through any reasonable means" and affirmatively prohibits a caller from limiting the manner in which revocation may occur.”

According to the Chamber:

The Declaratory Ruling and Order's new, over-broad, and atextual interpretations of the TCPA will expose legitimate businesses across the country of all sizes and types-to liability for simply attempting in good faith to communicate with customers who previously provided valid consent to be contacted. Furthermore, the Declaratory Ruling could tum even a mass-market smartphone into a covered "autodialer," and threatens to create an utterly unworkable regime for the logistics of receiving and processing consent revocation.

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FCC Sets Regulatory Fee Deadline for Thursday, September 24, 2015

The FCC has recently released its Report and Order establishing the regulatory fees for Fiscal Year 2015. These fees are designed to recover its $339.844 million appropriation from Congress. The deadline for payment of the regulatory fees is Thursday, September 24, 2015.

Starting this year, the FCC has made changes that a few changes that will be of interest to our clients. Notable among these changes are: (a) the increase of the de minimis exemption for the payment of regulatory fees from $10.00 to $500.00, (b) the establishment of a regulatory fee for 800 toll free numbers and (c) provided a fee for Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) as a subcategory of the cable television and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) regulatory fee category. The FCC has also eliminated regulatory fees for the 218-219 MHz Service, the Broadcast Auxiliary Service and Satellite Television construction permits.

It is critically important that our clients meet the September 24, 2015 regulatory fee payment deadline. In addition to the 25 percent late fee and additional administrative fees, the FCC has also indicated that it will place regulatees that fail to make their regulatory fee payments in a timely manner in a “Red Light Status,” which will delay the receipt of any USF payments as well as delay the processing of any FCC applications or petitions. Should a fee remain unpaid long enough, the FCC could also take action dismiss applications and potentially revoke any FCC authorizations held by the regulatee. In this regard, if you are exempt from the payment of regulatory fees – either because of your status as a non-profit or governmental entity or because the sum of your total regulatory fees would be less than $500.00, we recommend that a letter be prepared and filed with the FCC so that the FCC is aware of your exempt status and is less likely mistakenly place you in a red-light status.

Further information regarding the payment regulatory fees will be coming out in targeted memos to our clients.

FCC Revises Cable Market Modification Rules

On September 2 the FCC issued a Report and Order adopting rules implementing Section 102 of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization Act of 2014 (“STELAR”) to promote carriage of in-state and other relevant local television programming. The STELAR amended the Communications Act and the Copyright Act to give the FCC authority to modify a commercial television broadcast station’s local television market for purposes of satellite carriage rights. Previously the FCC could only modify markets only in the cable carriage context.

Specifically, the Order revises the current cable market modification rule, Section 76.59, to apply also to satellite carriage, while adding provisions to the rules to “address the unique nature of satellite television service.” The Order also makes conforming and other minor changes to the cable market modification rules.

Industry


Warrants Now Required to Track Cellphone Locations

On September 3, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the implementation of a new policy requiring law enforcement agencies to obtain a search warrant, supported by probable cause and issued pursuant to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, before using cell-site simulator technology to track cell phone locations.

Cell-site simulation technology functions by transmitting as a cell tower. In response to the signals emitted by the simulator, cellular devices in the proximity of the device identify the simulator as the most attractive cell tower in the area and thus transmit signals to the simulator that identify the device in the same way that they would with a networked tower. A cell-site simulator receives and uses an industry standard unique identifying number assigned by a device manufacturer or cellular network provider. When used to locate a known cellular device, a cell-site simulator initially receives the unique identifying number from multiple devices in the vicinity of the simulator. Once the cell-site simulator identifies the specific cellular device for which it is looking, it will obtain the signaling information relating only to that particular phone. When used to identify an unknown device, the cell-site simulator obtains signaling information from non-target devices in the target's vicinity for the limited purpose of distinguishing the target device.

There are two circumstances in which a warrant is not required: exigent circumstances under the Fourth Amendment (such as the need to protect human life or avert serious injury; the prevention of the imminent destruction of evidence; the hot pursuit of a fleeing felon; or the prevention of escape by a suspect or convicted fugitive from justice), and exceptional circumstances in which obtaining a warrant is impracticable.

Deadlines


SEPTEMBER 30: FCC FORM 396-C, MVPD EEO PROGRAM REPORTING FORM. Each year on September 30, multi-channel video program distributors (“MVPDs”) must file with the Commission an FCC Form 396-C, Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributor EEO Program Annual Report, for employment units with six or more full-time employees. Users must access the FCC’s electronic filing system via the Internet in order to submit the form; it will not be accepted if filed on paper unless accompanied by an appropriate request for waiver of the electronic filing requirement. Certain MVPDs also will be required to complete portions of the Supplemental Investigation Sheet (“SIS”) located at the end of the Form. These MVPDs are specifically identified in a Public Notice each year by the FCC.

OCTOBER 15: INITIAL 911 RELIABILITY CERTIFICATION. The Commission’s rules require Covered 911 Service Providers to take “reasonable measures” to provide reliable service with respect to 911 circuit diversity, central office backup power, and diverse network monitoring, as evidenced by an annual certification of compliance with specified best practices or reasonable alternative measures. The Initial Reliability Certification requires covered providers to demonstrate “substantial progress” toward meeting the requirements of the full Annual Reliability Certification, which is defined as compliance with standards of the full certification in at least 50 percent of the Covered 911 Service Provider’s critical 911 circuits, central offices that directly serve public safety answering points (PSAPs), and independently monitored 911 service areas.

NOVEMBER 1: 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. The FCC has modified this form in light of its 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 499-A that is due April 1.

Calendar At-a-Glance


September
Sep. 9 – Reply comments are due on Transparency Exemption proceeding.
Sep. 15 – Reply comments on Lifeline Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking are due.
Sep. 15 – Comments are due on 11 th Broadband Progress Notice of Inquiry.
Sep. 17 – Oppositions to Petitions for Reconsideration of Lifeline Order are due.
Sep. 21 – Reply comments are due on Video Programming Competition report.
Sep. 24 – Regulatory fees are due.
Sep. 25 – Comments are due on Section IV.B of the Special Access Data NPRM.
Sep. 28 – Replies to oppositions to Petitions for Reconsideration of Lifeline Order are due.
Sep. 30 – Reply comments are due on 11 th Broadband Progress Notice of Inquiry.
Sep. 30 – FCC Form 396-C (MVPD EEO Program Annual Report).

October
Oct. 15 – 911 Reliability Certification.
Oct. 30 – PRA Comments on the 2015 Lifeline Second Reform Order are due.

November
Nov. 1 – FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is due.

This newsletter is not intended to provide legal advice. Those interested in more information should contact the firm. For additional information, please contact Hal Mordkofsky at 202-828-5520 or halmor@bloostonlaw.com .

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

From:Philip C. Leavitt
Subject: Wedding Anniversary
Date:September 7, 2015
To:Brad Dye

September 5, 1965 fell on a Sunday. I looked on Wikipedia to see what other memorable event(s) occurred on that date and couldn’t find anything significant.

To solve the mystery, that is the date Ellen & I married and on this September 5th we celebrated our 50th Anniversary.

It sure crept up fast and we are now looking forward to our next one. Each of you has played a part is our lives and we hope these pictures bring back great memories. They do for us.

Just for remembrance and giggles I have attached 2 pictures of us then. Hope you can see the similarity!

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From:Vic Jackson
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Brad,

I have a question for the technical gurus of Pager Land.

Recently, I became involved in an interconnection dispute with a local exchange telephone company (LEC) regarding the provisioning of paging trunk circuits. For many years dating back to the days of Radio Common Carrier (RCC) mobile telephone service, interconnection trunks with paging providers have been provisioned as 2-way circuits as opposed to 1-way land-to-mobile circuits. The 2-way trunking arrangement was used in the old days to allow mobile units to originate a mobile-to-land call. As the years have gone by, the mobile phones of old have disappeared, but the 2-way interconnection arrangements with the LEC's, using DS-1 technology, still exist to this day but are only used for land-to-pager calling, or so I believe. Outside of testing a trunk circuit, there does not seem to be any reason to provision a 2-way trunking arrangement as opposed to one-way interconnection trunks.

Which brings up my question.

I believe two-way paging is in use by some paging carriers. But I assume that any reply message from a pager to a land destination travels over a data circuit not associated or connected to the trunking arrangement with the LEC that is used for the land-to-mobile call. So, in essence, all modern paging (both one-way and two-way) could be accomplished using one-way, land-to-mobile trunking. Am I correct in my assumptions listed above on this, or since I am old and feeble minded, am I missing something?

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

New Images Show Pluto’s Surprising Terrain

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The latest photos from the New Horizons spacecraft show the planet is surprisingly diverse

The new images of Pluto downloaded by the New Horizons spacecraft show that the dwarf planet is far more varied and complex than NASA had expected.

After receiving and releasing initial images from the spacecraft’s July 14 flyby, NASA began a yearlong downlinking process to acquire all of the data and high resolution photography from New Horizons, according to a press release. These photographs with more detail reveal unexpected terrain diversity, such as ice flows seemingly cascading from mountains into plains, as well as what appear to be dunes.

“Pluto is showing us a diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that rival anything we’ve seen in the solar system,” said Alan Stern, the New Horizons principal investigator “If an artist had painted this Pluto before our flyby, I probably would have called it over the top — but that’s what is actually there.”

Photos from New Horizons have surprised scientists since the spacecraft approached and then passed Pluto in July, capturing unprecedented views of the dwarf planet along the way.

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