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Friday — September 25, 2015 — Issue No. 676


Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Welcome to The Wireless Messaging News.


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I would like to ask a special favor of you. Please read the following interview with Jim Nelson, President of the Critical Messaging Association. Jim and I are working together promoting the “going back to our roots” conference in November to be held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jim has many years of experience in paging, and I think you will find what he has to say very interesting.

I was just remembering the big trade shows and conferences of years gone by. Without a doubt my favorite events. They were attended by huge crowds of people. There was Hollywood-grade entertainment provided, as well as vendor receptions with lavish spreads of food and refreshments.

We all eagerly looked forward to seeing new products, and services. Greeting old friends was high on our list of priorities, and we always came away with a pocket full of business cards with notes on the back.

The real payback came from the contacts we made and the knowledge we obtained to help our businesses. These conferences were always a good mix of work and play.

If you haven't given up, or “thrown in the towel” then I encourage you read this interview, and to get involved by expressing your views on the status of the Paging Industry.


“Amateur Radio” or “Ham Radio” has been my hobby for about 60 years. Don't be misled by the title “amateur” because that only means that we don't get paid for our hobby-related activities. Some compare us to Olympic athletes. (As far as the pay goes.) Many of us work for a living in various professional roles in radio communications or electronics, and have this as our hobby.

Ham operators are frequently in the news — supplying emergency communications when there is a major disaster. Our portable and battery-powered equipment will work when all other means of communications have failed.

I have received some favorable comments about my latest project using Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor's WSPR program that allows us to experiment with long-range, low-power HF communications. So I included an update on this project farther down in this issue. It's performing very well, but I continue to make adjustments, and to learn more about how it works.

The hardware that I use is called “Softrock" — a relatively new kind of radio called “SDR” or Software Defined Radio that uses a computer to do most of the heavy-duty work. I am fascinated by this technology!

I remember when I was a Navy Radioman, and we got this new radio receiver at the base where I worked. It was about seven feet tall, and about six feet wide. It must have cost the government a fortune. Anyway, these little SDRs are about the size of a small paperback book, and cost very little if you don't count the cost of the computer. AND, they work better that that huge Navy radio that I was so impressed with just fifty-some years ago.


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Interview

Jim Nelson, President of CMA-America

Brad: Hi Jim. Thanks for agreeing to have this discussion with me and for letting me publish your comments with my newsletter subscribers.

I’m really glad to be going to the next CMA meeting coming up in November. I’ve missed several of them and I'm looking forward to seeing many of my old colleagues and meeting more of my newsletter subscribers.

Jim: I'm really glad to hear that you will be coming to Myrtle Beach Brad. Now, I’m a very optimistic guy so it would be phenomenal if all your friends and subscribers would show up at the meeting. We are trying to make this a special meeting that everyone will want to attend and rediscover all of the values of the association. If it’s a reunion for some and even just curiosity for others I’ll gladly welcome their attendance.

Brad: Well I’ve heard attendance has been fluctuating and maybe on the decline for several years so tell me more about this meeting and how it will be different. I think everyone would like to hear what you, as President of CMA-A, are doing to make a difference.

Jim: First of all, let me say that some of my comments will be on behalf of CMA and others will be my personal observations and opinions. I’ll try to be clear on this.

I’m concerned there may be a perception that we have drifted away from addressing the issues and challenges of medium to small paging carriers and private system operators. If so, I can assure everyone it was not by intention. In fact, one of the biggest benefits our small to medium carriers get is Ken Hardman’s guidance and reminders for FCC and other legal matters. This is included in the price of membership, which is far less than if they paid for it directly themselves.

Our past CMA Presidents were great leaders and we had very successful meetings, which in itself is a benefit to all. The creation of white papers and other presentations reinforcing the attributes of paging are further benefits to help all members but even more so for the small to medium carriers as they often lack the resources to do this on their own.

Every year Linda Hoover, CMA-America Executive Director, and Derek Banner, CMA-Europe Chairman, repeatedly reach out to members and non-members for comments and suggestions about topics and discussion points for the meetings but, not unlike most “surveys”, they hear back from only a few. And, as with any organization, CMA tends to follow the leaders and those who are most vocal and most active.

What we need is for more members to be active and speak up about what they expect from their organization. CMA Board Members represent all segments of the industry so we believe we can have a good balance of opinions and guidance going forward if we just hear from more members and prospective members.

Now to address your question specifically, we have created this CMA-A conference with the goals of removing as many of the barriers that might have limited attendance in the past. By choosing a very nice but more affordable facility, without costly and extravagant events, in a desirable location where many people want to go and even bring their families for a long weekend, we believe we can attract more attendees. Add to this an agenda that focuses on the needs and issues of the medium and smaller companies and we will have a very informative and productive meeting. And of course, the number one attraction of any of our events is always the social networking where you get to speak directly with others that either share your concerns or hopefully have found ways to deal with and overcome them.

Brad: I think you are right. I remember the original AAPC meetings in Myrtle Beach were very well attended and everyone seemed very pleased with the events. Why change if it was working well?

Jim: Some questioned if we were getting stagnant and limiting our growth by holding the meeting in Myrtle Beach every year. Attendance was indeed fluctuating and there were many opinions on where to go and who would attend. At the same time the AAPC aligned itself with the EWA for a few years hoping that would lead to growth and more business opportunities for our members and that allowed us to hold meetings in places like San Antonio, Scottsdale and Atlanta. I don’t remember the numbers so I'm not sure if it actually increased attendance of paging related companies. However, the change of locations did give us more exposure to attendees that do not normally travel far from their areas. I personally believe it was a positive effect and we have continued to move to other locations since.

Brad: You and I have both been in the paging industry for a long time and have seen a lot of changes. With your involvement with the Board of Directors both in AAPC/CMA-A and EMMA/CMA-E, as well as Co-Chair of the PTC for many years, and currently you are the first vendor to be elected as the President of CMA-A, can you speak more about how things have evolved over the years and what the association is doing about the future?

Jim: To start with the CMA-A and CMA-E Boards of Directors are very much aware of the changes that have taken place in the messaging industry over the past many years and how it has affected all of our businesses. Carriers and System Operators, both large and small, as well as vendors have been under constant pressure from competitive and disruptive technologies, which in many ways have undermined the proven benefits of paging. Many of us are often in a defensive mode and spend a lot of time re-justifying the benefits of paging in spite of reports that paging has been the only dependable service during and after a crisis. We continue to provide support for these arguments with white papers and testimonials that our members can use when needed. We want to do even more but need member input so we can better understand what they are facing in their markets.

Brad: You and Mike Lyons led the PTC for several years. Many technical people used to come to the conferences just to attend the PTC meetings. Do you see much activity for the PTC?

Jim: We are very fortunate to have Mike Lyons as Vice President of CMA-A, and for several years Chair of the PTC, where he and I have worked closely together on technical and strategic matters. Mike and I have done our best to represent both carriers and vendors on behalf of the industry and to help inform members of the changes and challenges they will face with both technology and certain FCC actions. There have not been very many projects in the recent years as protocols have been stable. We did rewrite portions of the TAP specification to clarify how it works and improve implementations. Also, we have recently reviewed paging encryption technology and researched possible compliance with HIPAA data security. It is not as simple as some think and can have serious ramifications on our industry. This is one of the topics we would like to open up for discussion in Myrtle Beach.

Brad: What else does CMA do in behalf of its members and the industry in general?

Jim: Market analysis, trending and understanding the issues we all face are ongoing tasks. The battles against other products and services, which are sometimes based on unfulfillable promises that are only discovered during a crisis, have led to price erosion and declines in user bases. Some Users return after they find our technology is more reliable. Others are forced to follow internal directives that will result in repeated failures and expose them to certain liabilities.

Some paging companies have exited the business and others have been sold or merged, leaving the industry with fewer members in the association. At the same time we have gained other members, some from private markets as well as users, who are seeking information and are looking for a glimpse of the future as we see it.

Here is a great example of what is happening inside CMA. Johan Ågren, CEO of Generic Mobile in Sweden, has been working on a strategic plan for the industry and his work is provoking deeper thought about the direction CMA should lead us in. He introduced his preliminary work at the CMA-E meeting in Berlin recently and then challenged both CMA-A and CMA-E to help take it farther. We are hoping more people will contribute their data, observations and opinions so we can make better decisions on where we want to go in our businesses. Johan will present his most recent findings at the CMA-E meeting in Prague on October 2nd. I'm looking forward to it and the ensuing discussion afterwards.

Brad: It sure seems like CMA is promoting having an open mind to new thoughts and approaches to business. Can you expand that a bit?

Jim: I’ll be glad to. For every meeting CMA tries to bring to the conference new ideas that might spur new business opportunities and in some way revitalize messaging services, especially those based on paging technologies used in critical situations. The innovative uses of our technology are always of great interest. I've always contended that “paging” is a technology and not just beepers. My “old” friend Jim Page (of Motorola fame) and I agreed a long time ago that we should be paging things and not just people. There are more of them. This has happened to some extent but I still think there are more ways that paging technology could be used to solve problems and enhance other services.

Historically our Associations(s) have been focused on paging products and the companies that provided commercial service using them. Over the past ten years a lot of new technology has been introduced that competes with paging for general message delivery. We recognized paging was still the best choice for critical messaging but were open minded towards other technology, and the new business opportunities they provide, so we decided to change the Associations name to reflect our inclusion of other types of critical message delivery.

I believe that was a good decision and today modern paging systems offer data delivery to e-mail, smartphones and other devices for remote activation and control. It’s up to the receiving device to perform the final function such as display a readable text message or provide machine-to-machine communications. Continued innovation will expand the value of what these systems can provide.

Brad: If I have my facts straight, credit should go — for the whole idea of expanding paging from people paging people, to people paging things, things paging people, and even things paging things — to Rob Lockhart at Motorola Paging. Jim Page and I took his ideas “on the road” since we both traveled around the world in the old days giving talks at customer meetings.

I agree that more can be done. Where do new ideas come from today?

Jim: Thanks for giving Rob the proper credit. His contributions to the industry are many and I'm not sure this one gets enough notice.

We no longer have a lot of large powerful companies driving product development and market expansion. Today we all have to work harder to understand what the customer and the end user needs. We depend on strong relationships between carriers/operators and vendors to recognize these requirements and then implement them.

I think one of the most invigorating changes our Associations made was creating the cross-cooperation between the US’s AAPC and Europe’s EMMA paging associations which you and I had a hand in after the inaugural EMMA meeting in Helsinki in October of 2005.

Several of us constantly encouraged our colleagues to travel to each other’s meetings and interact with each other. This was very successful as our colleagues on several continents started visiting with each other and discovered the increased values that closely aligned associations can provide. The excitement of foreign travel added to the interest of going to all of the meetings.

They also learned how each other marketed and used the products to build their businesses. I believe this has helped all of our members.

We also made all meetings more relaxed and open to discussions where nothing was off the table. We share opinions and unify our responses to challenges both technically and for common regulatory issues.

Brad: I agree that getting people to visit like we did helped the attendance grow even more. What happened next?

Jim: Someone had the brilliant idea of making one meeting a year a global conference with an international flair so it would get us all together for an even bigger meeting. Montreal was chosen for the first meeting and it was a huge success. Since then we have had many great meetings in the US and Europe with very desirable locations and a wide variety of topics that appealed to the interest of all. We used the attraction of the locations and the variety of speakers and topics to keep people coming.

Brad: In previous conversations you mentioned you feel this might also have led to the perception that the Association(s) was not addressing all of the member’s interests. Would you mind sharing some of your thoughts on this?

Jim: Thanks for bringing us back to this point. Looking at the many great presentations and discussions that have been held at the meetings starting with Montreal it is easy to understand some attendees feeling some of these did not pertain to their business. However, It was my hope that if there was even one bit of information, or one conversation, that helped a business survive, or better yet grow, then it was worth attending. I believe that has happened for many of us.

Our ongoing effort is to contact people that might feel CMA is not providing the value they want and identify what the most helpful topics are for them so we can hold discussions they are interested in at the CMA meetings. We know there is interest in learning more about paging message encryption, secure data transport, understanding the challenges of HIPAA compliance, secure text messaging to smartphones, and new products or services. These are on our list but again we are asking for more ideas. We want to hold meaningful discussions and do not want to be repeating things over and over again and be “selling to ourselves.”

This association belongs to its members and along with membership is an obligation to keep it moving in the direction that suits the best interest of the membership. Be active and you can help control what you get out of it.

Brad: I have one more question for you Jim. We have always divided our domestic Paging Market into two distinct segments: subscriber or carrier paging, and private, or on-site paging. Do you have any ideas about how we could get more participation of the private paging folks in our association? I know there are some company-owned or private systems that are larger than some of the carrier-operated systems.

Jim: That’s an excellent point. I agree it would be great if we had more private system operators involved with the association and the PTC. They have as much at stake in this technology as the rest of us do. We do have a few that have joined and regularly attend the meetings. Currently we have members from healthcare and energy production that found value in belonging to CMA. We often have guest speakers from our user groups and certainly encourage them to join and take an active role.

For many years we have actively discussed how to make the conferences more inviting to customers and create round table discussions where we can learn about their challenges and requirements. To be frank though, getting everyone comfortable with inviting their customers to a meeting where they might hear about our challenges, overhear some disparaging remarks, or speak to a competitor has not been easy. However, times change and people change so I don’t think that is as much of an issue anymore.

There are two more considerations we must address. First, we recognize customers need compelling reasons for attending the meetings as many of them face budget constraints and under­staffing issues. Second, our customer interface has changed from departments that were familiar with RF and telephony to IT departments who often do not have the background in our technology.

I see this as both a challenge and an opportunity to reach out to our customers to help them understand the benefits of what we provide, and for us to learn more about how we can integrate with their systems and solve problems for them.

To achieve this we must have more face-to-face meetings with our customers and give them reasons to come to the meetings. If members help us understand what their customers are interested in we can build an agenda around them.

Brad: Jim, thank you for helping everyone have a better understanding of where the association has been and the changes we can expect.

Jim: Thank you Brad for the opportunity to share these explanations with your readers. I hope they understand the door is wide open for them to contact me, Mike, Linda, Derek or any of the Board Members to give us their views and opinions. The association has so much to offer with Ken Hardman’s legal briefings and his “watchdog” activities in Washington DC, the conferences with their information and social networking opportunities and its representation as the voice of the industry when dealing with issues that affect our businesses. If we can get people to attend and work together we can provide a more valuable service for our members and the industry.


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November 5 & 6, 2015

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We are excited to announce a “going back to our roots” opportunity for education and informal networking in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This event will focus specifically on small business issues, challenges and opportunities through learning what others are doing to keep business and potentially grow services.

Our goal has been to keep the event cost-reasonable, therefore registration is just $300 for members. Click here to register .

The Myrtle Beach location is where CMA-A (formerly AAPC) first held its annual convention. The hotel selected ( Royale Palm Towers at the Hilton ) is offering a group rate of $89 per night to help make the overall event an affordable and can't-miss opportunity.

What could possibly be better than combining productive business meetings with lots of fun with both old and new friends? I hope to see you there.

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Motorola Solutions to Relocate Headquarters to Chicago from Schaumburg

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Motorola Solutions announced that the company will relocate its global headquarters from Schaumburg, Illinois, to Chicago. The company, which will have more than 1,100 employees working in the city of Chicago, will move into 150,000 square feet of space on six floors at 500 W. Monroe St. in mid-2016.

Motorola Solutions was founded in 1928 on Harrison Street in Chicago. “With this move, Motorola Solutions not only returns to its Chicago roots, but the company is doubling down on Chicago’s future,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “The company will add hundreds of jobs to our city’s growing technology industry and gain the access to talent that they need for the future we are all building here, in Chicago.”

About 800 employees will be located at the new downtown headquarters as well as the company’s customer briefing center. The Chicago office will include a range of positions including the company’s ventures group, the chief technology office, information technology and software engineering.

Motorola Solutions will maintain its current Americas sales headquarters at 224 S. Michigan Ave., occupying a 46,000-square-foot space with about 300 employees. Motorola Solutions will continue to have a significant presence in Schaumburg, with about 1,600 employees on its current campus. The company’s manufacturing and delivery operations will move to Elgin, Illinois, and it plans to sell the unused real estate on its 277-acre Schaumburg campus for redevelopment.

“Our company began in this city 87 years ago, and today we’re pleased to announce that our headquarters is coming home,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “This is another transformative step in ensuring a future of continued innovation, and will provide us with greater access to high-tech talent.”??

The move provides the company with direct access to software talent such as data scientists, user experience designers, interface designers and software developers, who are critical to its future success, a statement said.

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Philadelphia Eagles Win with Free Wi-Fi

September 22, 2015

Lincoln Financial Field’s league-leading wireless brings football fans closer to the action.

by Chris Sapardanis

Chris Sapardanis is managing editor of BizTech magazine. He has more than 15 years of diverse reporting, communications and content marketing experience.

With a new starting quarterback this season, Philadelphia Eagles fans have a lot to talk about.

One thing the Eagles don’t want fans talking about is their in-stadium Wi-Fi.

“The only time people talk about Wi-Fi is when they complain,” said Anne Gordon, the Eagles’ senior vice president of marketing, media and communications, at last week’s Eagles Mobility Summit . “Nobody complains about our Wi-Fi. Nobody talks about it. That is the best thing to root for.”

For three years, the Philadelphia Eagles have refined a stadium-wide free Wi-Fi network as part of a $125 million renovation project at Lincoln Financial Field. The goal? To enhance the fan experience.

Through a partnership with Extreme Networks, the Eagles equipped the stadium with high-density Wi-Fi technology that allows fans to access the Eagles Mobile App during the game, as well as other social platforms and applications that require an Internet connection.

During home games, more than 69,000 fans pack Lincoln Financial Field. Connected to the Wi-Fi, fans can also stream video from other league action or get the latest stats and photos without using their mobile data. Gordon says it’s all part of building a seamless fan experience that begins at home.

“What we’ve come to expect from our lives is we simply step from one venue to another and we’re able to continue with what we have in our mind or what our plans are, and we never have to stop,” she said.

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The average number of Eagles’ fans accessing Wi-Fi during home games

SOURCE: Extreme Networks

Better-Informed Fans

The Philadelphia Eagles’ commitment to building a reliable in-stadium network has racked up points among fans.

Lincoln Financial Field’s Wi-Fi runs on Extreme Networks’ IdentiFi wireless solution and OneFabric Control Center management product, which provides centralized visibility and control over the network. The technology gives the Eagles great insight into their fan base during home games.

“We found that not only are people using our network, but they’re really using it,” Gordon said. “It’s almost as if they have an insatiable appetite for content.”

In 2013, about 25 percent of attending fans used the network during games. In 2014, that number climbed to 33 percent . This season, the Eagles anticipate an up to 38 percent gain in network usage, on average.

Gordon said the team routinely sees data transfer rates between 1 and 1.6 terabytes at games . But interestingly, network downloads exceed the number of uploads — a metric she attributes to in-game content the team offers fans.

“The normal patterns of taking a picture and sending it out is reversed in our case,” she said. “Fans are downloading the content we’re putting out there for them. That’s what makes our experience very different. We have focused a lot on concentrated content and delivery programs during the course of the game.”

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Despite the Eagles’ Wi-Fi winning streak, challenges abound when deploying and maintaining a network of this size and complexity.

This is “probably one of the most challenging environments” in which to deploy consistent, useable high-grade wireless technology, said Dan Dulac, vice president of solution strategy for Extreme Networks. “Given that the human body consumes signals — we don’t reflect them — the more people in the stadium, the harder it is to propagate our signals.”

Network latency challenges aside, another important part of the seamless fan experience remains visual.

“Part of the designing for stadiums is the aesthetics. It has to blend in, it can’t stick out like a sore thumb ,” Dulac said, during a tour of Lincoln Financial Field. “We must provide high-density, great wireless for all the fans, but at the same time, make it invisible.”

As proof, spotting the stadium’s Wi-Fi antennas and access points proves difficult. Extreme Networks painted most of the equipment to match the surrounding stadium infrastructure.

“We’re very prescriptive on how we deploy wireless here to get maximum coverage, maintain the aesthetics the Eagles are looking for, but at the same time maximize the fan experience when they are connected to wireless,” Dulac said.

Stadium-Size Network

While third-year head coach Chip Kelly’s off-season roster changes begin to pan out this season, there’s no doubting the success of the team’s in-stadium Wi-Fi.

Extreme Networks says the effort to bring live, in-game content to Philadelphia fans has surpassed anything happening at other football venues around the league.

Since building the network in Philadelphia, Extreme Networks hosts an annual Mobility Summit with the team and other partners to explore how organizations can optimize similar wireless networks and analytics.

The Eagles are the top team in the league as far as mobility and fan adoption of their wireless network ,” said Extreme Networks CEO Ed Meyercord.

After developing its first network at the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium, Extreme Networks built Lincoln Financial’s Wi-Fi before tackling five additional stadiums in the league .

Last year, 201,000 unique visitors tapped the Eagles’ Wi-Fi network, Meyercord said, adding that no other team in the league had more than 200,000.

Additionally, he said Lincoln Financial’s 21,000 average unique users per game bests the league average of 16,000 — and 31 percent of fans at Eagles games access the Wi-Fi network , which leads the league as well.

“This is a very exciting time in the wireless networking world,” Meyercord said. “What we’re seeing is this decline in the price and cost of bandwidth. And it has spawned an explosion of devices on networks.”

For the Philadelphia Eagles and football fans everywhere — this translates into even more ways to enjoy the game.


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  • 21,342 average unique Wi-Fi users
  • 31% average percentage of fans connected to Wi-Fi
  • 708Mpbs average peak Wi-Fi bandwidth

SOURCE: Extreme Networks

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  • Linux Based Embedded System
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  • Ethernet Connections
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  • Protocol Conversion
  • TAP, XMPP, SMS, HTTP, SMTP
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Easy Solutions

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Easy Solutions provides cost effective computer and wireless solutions at affordable prices. We can help in most any situation with your communications systems. We have many years of experience and a vast network of resources to support the industry, your system and an ever changing completive landscape.

  • We treat our customers like family. We don’t just fix problems . . . We recommend and implement better cost effective solutions.
  • We are not just another vendor . . . We are a part of your team. All the advantages of high priced full time employment without the cost.
  • We are not in the Technical Services business . . . We are in the Customer Satisfaction business.

Experts in Paging Infrastructure

  • Glenayre, Motorola, Unipage, etc.
  • Excellent Service Contracts
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  • Contracts for Glenayre and other Systems starting at $100
  • Making systems More Reliable and MORE PROFITABLE for over 30 years.

Please see our web site for exciting solutions designed specifically for the Wireless Industry. We also maintain a diagnostic lab and provide important repair and replacement parts services for Motorola and Glenayre equipment. Call or e-mail us for more information.

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Critical Response Systems

More than Paging.
First Responder Solutions.

Our patented technology notifies clinical personnel immediately, while tracking who receives and responds to each alarm. Users confirm or defer each event with a single button press, and analytic dashboards display response statistics in real time, as well as historically broken down by time, unit, room, and individual.

Our systems not only notify your personnel quickly and reliably, but also provide actionable feedback to fine-tune your procedures, reduce unnecessary alarms, and improve patient outcomes.

www.criticalresponsesystems.com

 

WSPR on Softrock Ensemble RXTX Project Update

September 23, 2015

The FCC requires that the mean power of any spurious emission from a station transmitter transmitting on a frequency below 30 MHz must be at least 43 dB below the mean power of the fundamental emission. So to operate on 30 meters (10.1 MHz), and keep it legal, I built this Low Pass Filter to attenuate the second harmonic at 20.2 MHz.

If anyone has the equipment to check the frequency response of this filter, and would volunteer to do so, please let me know . These hand-wound toroids may be a little off.

What is WSPR ? Also here .

A computer program used for weak-signal radio communication between amateur radio operators. The program was initially written by Joe Taylor, K1JT, but is now open source and is developed by a small team. The program is designed for sending and receiving low-power transmissions to test propagation paths on the MF and HF bands.

What is my Softrock ?

An amateur radio transceiver kit for $124.00 from Tony Parks KB9YIG.

Very detailed and expert Softrock testing:

Leif Åsbrink (a professor in Sweden) SM5BSZ has recently released a fascinating YouTube video of his tests of a Softrock Ensemble RXTX, I found it very instructive. It is very good. You can view it at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBT-DT-oZuI

Here are the latest comments on the Softrock test from another expert Roger Graves VE7VV, and Alan Reeves G4ZFQ:

http://www.braddye.com/softrock_test.html

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Specialists in sales and service of equipment from these leading manufacturers, as well as other two-way radio and paging products:

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STI Engineering

 
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250W VHF Paging Transmitter

STI Engineering’s RFI-148 250 high performance paging transmitter features true DDS frequency generation that enables precise control and flexibility for a wide range of data transmission applications.

The transmitter is particularly suitable for large simulcast POCSAG and FLEX paging networks and can be used as drop-in replacement of older and obsolete transmitters. The unit has a proven track record in large scale critical messaging systems.

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  • High power output
    (selectable from 20 W - 250 W)
  • SNMP Diagnostics and alarms
  • Full VHF Band coverage
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  • DSP precision modulation
  • Integrated isolator
  • Sniffer port for in-rack receiver
  • Remote firmware upgrade capability
  • Software selectable frequency offset
  • Adjustable absolute delay correction
  • Front panel diagnostics
  • Hardware alarm outputs
  • High frequency stability
  • External reference option
  • FCC and ACMA approved
  • CE compliant version in development
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Physicists successfully map individual atoms in 3D

by Christopher Klimovski
September 23, 2015

Technology can evolve at such a rapid rate that many scientific discoveries are not just pushing boundaries, they're practically barging them. Example, Physicists at UCLA have managed to 3D-map the position of individual atoms to a precision of 19 trillionths of a meter (that's several times smaller than a hydrogen atom, for those of you playing at home) using a creative scanning technique. The method will help scientists and engineers build things — such as aircraft components — that lack point defects ( i.e. missing atoms) that can have detrimental effects on structural integrity.

The new procedure is called “scanning transmission electron microscopy” and works by passing an electron beam over a sample and measuring how many electrons interact with the atoms in said sample. Different arrangements of atoms react with the electrons in different ways so the outcome is unique to a particular atomic structure. The team conducts the initial scan which produces a 2D image, and in order to get to the final 3D product, they combine several scans from different angles. The downside of this technique is that multiple scans can potentiality damage the sample.


The research is led by Jianwei (John) Miao, a UCLA professor of physics.

Currently, a method known as X-Ray crystallography is used to map the layout of billions of atoms at a time, but has never been able to pinpoint an atom's exact coordinates. This all encompassing procedure makes identifying a missing atom impossible.

“Our measurements are so precise, and any vibrations — like a person walking by — can affect what we measure,” said Peter Ercius, a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The team of UCLA scientists who happened across this discovery now plan to use it in order to study magnetic properties.

[Image Credit: Mary Scott and Jianwei (John) Miao/UCLA]

Source: engadget.com

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It’s still here — the tried and true Motorola Alphamate 250. Now owned, supported, and available from Leavitt Communications. Call us for new or reconditioned units, parts, manuals, and repairs.

We also offer refurbished Alphamate 250s, Alphamate IIs, the original Alphamate and new and refurbished pagers, pager repairs, pager parts and accessories. We are FULL SERVICE in Paging!

E-mail Phil Leavitt ( pcleavitt@leavittcom.com ) for pricing and delivery information or for a list of other available paging and two-way related equipment.

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Hark Technologies

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Wireless Communication Solutions


USB Paging Encoder

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

Paging Data Receiver (PDR)

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

Other products


Please see our web site for other products including Internet Messaging Gateways, Unified Messaging Servers, test equipment, and Paging Terminals.

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Preferred Wireless

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Terminals & Controllers:
4ASC1500 Complete, w/Spares
3CNET Platinum Controllers
2GL3100 RF Director
1GL3000 ES — 2 Chassis — Configurable
1GL3000 L — 2 Cabinets, complete working, w/spares
35SkyData 8466 B Receivers
1Unipage — Many Unipage Cards & Chassis
10Zetron M66 Transmitter Controllers
10C2000s
15Glenayre Complete GPS Kits
1Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
3Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
  
Link Transmitters:
6Glenayre QT4201 25W Midband Link TX
3Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
1Motorola Q2630A, 30W, UHF Link TX
  
VHF Paging Transmitters:
19Motorola Nucleus 125W CNET
6Motorola Nucleus 350W CNET
11Motorola Nucleus 350W NAC
14Motorola Nucleus 125W NAC
1Glenayre QT7505
1Glenayre QT8505
3Glenayre QT-100C
  
UHF Paging Transmitters:
16Glenayre UHF GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
  
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
2Glenayre GLT8200, 25W (NEW)
15Glenayre GLT-8500 250W
4Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W
  
Parts:
 Nucleus Power Supplies
 Nucleus NIU, Matched Pairs
 Nucleus GPS Reference Modules
 Nucleus GPS Receivers
 Nucleus Chassis
 Glenayre 8500, PAs, PSs, DSP Exciters
 Glenayre VHF DSP Exciters

SEE WEB FOR COMPLETE LIST:

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For Immediate Release (September 16, 2015)

Lauttamus Communications & Security Expands Business and Adds Employees

Paul Lauttamus, President of Lauttamus Communications & Security, announced his company is expanding and added new staff to accommodate growth and better serve customers.

New team members include:

  • Bill Gras, Account Manager
  • Brian Wineberg, Account Manager
  • Amy Lyn Franey, Administrative Assistant
  • Fred Ciafardone, Field Service Technician
  • John Hurley, Field Service Engineer
  • Penny Hoult, Customer Service Coordinator
  • David Reed, IT Administrator
  • Brian Berry, Special Projects and Capture Manager

In addition, Jennifer Carr was elevated to Accounting Department and will oversee Billing and Collections.

Lauttamus Communications & Security is a diversified communications and holding company that specializes in building and maintaining mission critical networks for public safety, public health, air medical transport, government, education, and manufacturing clients. 

“We have seen 120% growth in our Security division over the last two years double digit growth in our Communications business unit,” said Lauttamus.  “With the addition of these new team members, we expect continued growth across all business units, and this also allows us to focus on strengthening our support to management and building stronger customer relationships,” he added.

In addition to wireless networks, Lauttamus specializes in two-way radio systems; inbound call center services; integrated security services; communications towers; mass notification systems for emergency communications; burglar alarm intrusion and surveillance systems; medical alert systems; paging; and customized consulting services.

Lauttamus has locations throughout the tri-state area, and the company now has customers in 34 states across the United States.

For more information, visit www.lauttamus.com , or call 304-723-5555.

Source:Lauttamus Communications & Security

Critical Alert

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Critical Alert Systems, Inc.

Formed in 2010, CAS brought together the resources and capabilities of two leading critical messaging solutions providers, UCOM™ and Teletouch™ Paging, along with lntego Systems™, a pioneer in next-generation nurse call systems. The result was an organization that represented more than 40 years of combined experience serving hospitals and healthcare providers.

CAS was created to be a single-source provider for hospitals and healthcare facilities in need of advanced nurse call and communications technologies.

Unlike our competitors, our product development process embraced the power of software from its inception. This enables us to design hardware-agnostic solutions focused on built-in integration, flexibility and advanced performance.

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BloostonLaw Newsletter

Selected portions of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, and/or the BloostonLaw Private Users Update — newsletters from the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP — are reproduced in this section with the firm’s permission.


BloostonLaw Telecom UpdateVol. 18, No. 37September 23, 2015

Headlines


Objections to the Release of Confidential Special Access Data Denied; Procedures for Access to Data Modified

The Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) has denied the objections filed by a number of companies against the release of confidential and highly confidential information submitted in response to the data collection in the special access proceeding. (WC Docket No. 05-25; RM-10593) In the special access rulemaking proceeding, providers and purchasers of special access and certain entities providing “best efforts” broadband Internet access service in areas where the incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) is subject to price cap regulation were required to submit data regarding locations with connections, prices charged to customers at the circuit-level, maps showing fiber routes and points of interconnection, revenues and expenditures.

According to the WCB, the " Protective Order adopted in the special access proceeding limits access to the confidential information collected to counsel and consultants, and their employees, not involved in the competitive decision-making activities of a client in competition with or in a business relationship with a party that submitted data in response to the collection. The Protective Order further limits access to the most competitively sensitive information, designated as Highly Confidential Information and Highly Confidential Data, and the NORC Data Enclave to outside counsel and outside consultants who are not involved in competitive decision-making." To access either Confidential or Highly Confidential Information, requesting parties must file with the WCB executed Acknowledgments of Confidentiality (Acknowledgments) certifying they are not involved in competitive decision-making activities and agreeing to be bound by the terms of the Protective Order . Parties who submit Confidential and Highly Confidential Information to the FCC (Submitting Parties) can object to disclosure of information submitted to any party requesting access within five business days of release of a public notice listing the party seeking access. According to the WCB, in response to a public notice released on June 24, 2015, fifty individuals executed Acknowledgments in response. The WCB released a public notice (Acknowledgment Public Notice) on July 10, 2015, identifying those individuals. Therefore, pursuant to the terms of the Protective Order, Submitting Parties had five business days from the release of the Acknowledgment Public Notice to object, until July 17, 2015. Absent the filing of an objection, potential Reviewing Parties would have authorization to access confidential and highly confidential data and information collected once made available by the WCB.

Objections were filed by TransWorld Network, Corp. (TransWorld), Santa Rosa Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Santa Rosa), John Staurulakis, Inc. (JSI) on behalf of 126 clients, US Signal Company, L.L.C. (US Signal), Brown County C-LEC, LLC (Brown County), Service Electric Cable T.V., Inc. (Service Electric), Vantage Point Solutions (Vantage Point) on behalf of 12 clients, and Parker FiberNet, LLC (Parker FiberNet) (collectively, the “Objectors”). According to the WCB, "Santa Rosa, JSI, US Signal, Brown County, Service Electric, Vantage Point and Parker FiberNet generally object to the disclosure of their, their clients’ or their members’ confidential and highly confidential information to any potential Reviewing Parties. TransWorld, Service Electric and Vantage Point object to disclosure until certain additional information is provided to help determine whether to object further against specific individuals seeking access. Additionally, JSI urged the Commission to “strictly adhere to the criteria set forth in the Protective Order” and is “confident” in the limitations set forth in the Protective Order. JSI also asked for an additional aggregation of the data beyond what was specified in the Protective Order. Finally, Service Electric and Vantage Point object to disclosure due to network security risks."

The WCB rejects the majority of the objections as untimely challenges to the Protective Order that the WCB adopted in the proceeding on October 1, 2014. According to the WCB, the general objections to the disclosure of information in any form are indirect challenges to the WCB’s order adopting the Protective Order and to the protective order process itself. The WCB states that the Objectors had the clear opportunity to raise their objections but failed to do so. According to the WCB, the "Objectors knew the scope of the information they would be required to file when the Commission adopted the Data Collection Order on December 11, 2012. On June 28, 2013, the Bureau released the Protective Order Public Notice seeking comment on a draft version of the protective order and specifically seeking comment on 'whether the procedures in the draft Protective Order adequately protect the commercial sensitivity of the collected information.' In response, the Bureau received five comments, none from the Objectors." Further, the WCB states that the Objectors did not file a petition for reconsideration or an application for review after adoption of the Protective Order on October 1, 2014. According to the WCB, "[b]ecause the Objectors failed to follow well-established, basic Commission procedures for objecting to the ability of potential Reviewing Parties to review their information pursuant to the Protective Order, we dismiss their objections as untimely."

Further, the WCB finds that even if the objections were timely raised, the WCB already considered and addressed many of the issues raised in the objections when it adopted the Protective Order. Among other things, the WCB states that it previously considered Vantage Point’s concern about the protection of network location information by treating such information as highly confidential information and subjecting it to the highest level of protection. The WCB also states that Reviewing Parties are subject to non-disclosure requirements, "subject to sanctions for violations, which we will aggressively enforce."

The WCB also adopts an added step of reformatting fiber route mapping data that will be viewed by authorized Reviewing Parties to mitigate risks to critical infrastructure. According to the WCB, mapping information on fiber routes will be provided "at the census block level, or alternatively showing distances to connected locations, and we will simply denote sales and purchases of bandwidth in excess of 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) and not provide the specific bandwidth amount in excess of this threshold." The WCB "will not reproduce information from providers on the starting points for connections to end user locations or on the transmission paths of the connections to end user locations. Instead, we will provide maps depicting the presence of fiber by listing all the providers with fiber facilities in a census block or by indicating a connected end-user’s location’s distance to fiber without including information on the specific route of the fiber. Finally, we will not provide geographic coordinates, Common Language® Location Codes (CLLI™ Codes) and/or street addresses for Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) wire centers."

In response to the issues raised by the Objectors, the WCB also clarifies that parties seeking access to confidential information must identify their client. The WCB provides additional time for those raising this issue to object. The WCB also modifies the Protective Order by revising how reviewing parties will gain remote access to the Secure Data Enclave (SDE), i.e., using a software-based Virtual Private Network (VPN) in lieu of hardware-based thin client laptops. According to the WCB, the Highly Confidential Data "is only accessible via the NORC Data Enclave. The NORC Data Enclave is fully compliant with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Security Plan 800-60 with a NIST FIPS 199 impact rating of “moderate” for the level of confidentiality required. As such, NORC has the appropriate security measures in place to protect the sensitive nature of the information collected. NORC will administer a robust tracking system to record all information accessed via the SDE to ensure compliance with the Protective Order and to assist against inadvertent disclosure. NORC will process requests for the release of any analysis results to ensure release will not include data sets. While individuals may access the data remotely through specialized software, remote users will not have the ability to save, email, download or print information using the devices."

With respect to remote access to the data, NORC has upgraded its centralized database SDE software to NORC Data Enclave 3.0® Direct Web Access which will allow secure remote access to reviewing parties, who will "now be able to directly download software to their devices and utilize their Internet browser to access the SDE via a secure, encrypted gateway to a web Interface site using three layers of authentication that only allows traffic into the SDE from authorized devices." The WCB states that the "NORC remote VPN platform is functionally equivalent to a thin client. While accessing the SDE on their devices, reviewing parties will lack the ability to save, email, download or print information from the SDE. A reviewing party will still have the ability to store their analyses in a virtual locker located within the SDE environment, which is accessible only to that reviewing party. Reviewing parties will also still be able to access the same suite of software programs in the SDE that they would have utilized with thin clients. Additionally, reviewing parties will still have access to the SDE at NORC’s facilities in Bethesda, Maryland."

In light of this Order, carriers that object to the release of the confidential information they provided are limited to objecting to the release to specific entities. As indicated herein, the time period for such an objection is five business days from the release of a Public Notice, which the WCB will provide on unspecified dates. For example, on September 17, the WCB released a Public Notice showing a list of additional parties that have filed Acknowledgments. Pursuant to the Protective Order, companies that submitted confidential or highly confidential information in response to the collection have until September 24, 2015 to object to the disclosure of their data and information to any of the parties listed in that Public Notice. BloostonLaw recommends, therefore, that any carriers that may wish to object to the release of their confidential information to specific entities should make arrangements with the firm in advance to monitor the release of entities seeking access to the data to ensure the ability to timely object.

Law & Regulation


Comments in Special Access Proceeding Further Extended

The Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) further extends the deadlines for the filing of comments and reply comments in response to Section IV.B of the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) in the FCC’s special access rulemaking proceeding. (WC Docket No. 05-25; RM-10593) In Section IV.B of the FNPRM, the FCC sought comment on possible changes to its rules for the special access services provided by incumbent local exchange carriers in price cap areas. Comments are now due by November 20, 2015; reply comments are now due by December 11, 2015. The WCB is extending the comment and reply comment dates to allow interested parties adequate time to access and review the confidential information collected in the proceeding.

Lawmakers Defend FCC Net Neutrality Rules In Court

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Ranking Member Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) and 28 members of Congress on Monday filed an Amicus Brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Open Internet rules. The Amicus supports the FCC’s decision that broadband Internet access is a telecommunications service and lies at the heart of the Commission’s Title II authority to put in place strong Open Internet rules.

“The FCC has done precisely what Congress intended the Commission to do – classify broadband Internet access service according to its best understanding of the technology of the day, and how consumers use that technology,” wrote the members of Congress in their brief. “In light of the FCC’s findings – findings which are amply supported by evidence – this Court should uphold the FCC’s reasonable reclassification order.”

The members of Congress, several of whom were instrumental in enacting the Telecommunications Act of 1996, state in the Amicus that the plain language of the Act supports the FCC’s actions. Congress crafted the definition of “telecommunications service” in the 1996 Act to make the term applicable to rapidly changing telecommunications technologies and markets on a technologically-neutral and forward-looking basis. Congress intended to preserve the FCC’s authority to forestall threats to competition and innovation in telecommunications services, even as the technologies used to offer those services evolve over time.

Industry


Court Modifies Berkeley Cell Phones Warning Label Requirement

A California Federal Court Judge on Monday issued an order “granting in part and denying in part” a motion to enjoin a Berkeley city ordinance mandating disclosure of possible radiation hazards posed by mobile devices.

By way of background, the City Council of Berkeley, California, last May unanimously voted to require electronics retailers to warn customers about the potential health risks associated with RF radiation emitted by cell phones, becoming the first city in the country to implement a cellphone “right to know” law. The required notice read as follows:

To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cell phones meet radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines. If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation. This potential risk is greater for children. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for information about how to use your phone safely.

CTIA promptly filed suit in the U.S. District Court for Northern California seeking to halt the law before it went into effect, saying the ordinance would be misleading and give off an impression of harm and would also violate retailers’ First Amendment rights by forcing them to distribute information they might disagree with.

CTIA told the court that the FCC "stated and confirmed its confidence that the federal government's conservative health and safety standards for cell phones fully protect public health. Leading global health organizations such as the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration all concurred that wireless devices are not a public health risk."
In ruling on the motion, Judge Edward M. Chen required the City to strike the reference to children from the mandated notice language but let the rest of the notice stand.

The significance of the case to both sides was evident from their choice of counsel. CTIA was represented on the motion by former Solicitor General Theodore Olson while Berkeley received guidance on the case from Harvard University law professor and First Amendment expert Lawrence Lessig. Olson also argued that the ordinance is preempted by federal law because it infringes on the federal government’s exclusive authority to regulate RF emissions. But Chen, in his order, noted that the federal government itself raised safety issues when it imposed radiation limits.

"While the sentence in the Berkeley ordinance regarding the potential risk to children is likely pre-empted, the remainder of the City notice is factual and uncontroversial and is reasonably related to the City's interest in public health and safety," wrote Chen, adding "to the extent the Court finds that a First Amendment claim and pre-emption claim are not likely to succeed on the remainder of the City notice language."

Both CTIA and Berkley reported they were pleased with the Court’s order.

“We are pleased that the court has preliminarily blocked enforcement of the Berkeley ordinance as drafted, said Olson in a prepared statement. "As the federal government has repeatedly recognized, the overwhelming weight of scientific evidence refutes Berkeley's ill-informed and misleading mandatory warnings about cellphones. We are confident that ultimately the entire ordinance will be struck down."

Berkeley city spokesman Matthai Chakko said Berkeley is "very pleased with the ruling," adding that the city council would amend the ordinance to comply with the court order on Oct. 6. A similar “Right to Know” ordinance in San Francisco was blocked in 2013 on First Amendment grounds.

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. 25 – Comments are due on Section IV.B of the Special Access Data NPRM.
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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Note: We do not like Patent Trolls, i.e. a person or company who enforces patent rights against accused infringers in an attempt to collect licensing fees, but does not manufacture products or supply services based upon the patents in question. We have helped some prominent law firms defend their clients against this annoyance, and would be happy to do some more of this same kind of work.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

From:Ronald Mercer
Subject: Letter to the Editor, re CMA meeting
Date:September 21, 2015 at 12:40:11 PM CDT
To:Brad Dye

Hi Brad,

Good to see that you are well and plowing ahead. Keep up the good work. Also, I am very pleased to learn that the CMA has decided to organize a “going back to our roots” conference in November. Like you, I am looking forward to being with friends who I haven’t seen in years; too many years!

Congratulations and deepest thanks to Jim Nelson and the other key players in CMA who have made this possible.

Best Regards as always,
Ron Mercer


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Published on Sep 18, 2015Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI, Stuart Robbins
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The latest images (as of Sept. 11, 2015) downloaded from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft were stitched together and rendered on a sphere to make this flyover. This animation, made with the LORRI (Long Range Reconnaissance Imager) images, begins with a low-altitude look at the informally named Norgay Montes, flies northward over the boundary between informally named Sputnik Planum and Cthulhu Regio, turns, and drifts slowly east. During the animation, the altitude of the observer rises until it is about 10 times higher to show about 80% of the hemisphere New Horizons flew closest to on July 14, 2015.

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