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FRIDAY - DECEMBER 21, 2007 - ISSUE NO. 290

Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

There is a lot of news this week. I didn't get it all included, so I will try to get it all in next week.

Wayne Markis (Interstate Wireless, Inc., - Handy Page) sent me his Comments for the FCC 07-214 CMRS Alerting NPRM, that I haven't had a chance to look at yet.

Vic Jackson sent in an important paper from AT&T changing their interconnect policy in the 13 states where they operate. It is included, along with his comments.

I have also received information from The European Mobile Messaging Association (EMMA) about their conference next spring in Crete. Look for full details next week.

I didn't get all the BloostonLaw Updates included — so more for next week. By the way, the BloostonLaw Updates are sent to me every week and always contain a lot of valuable legal information. I really appreciate them allowing me to reprint portions of their newsletters.

Now on to more news and views . . .

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

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Brad Dye, Ron Mercer, and Vic Jackson are friends and colleagues who work both together and independently, on wireline and wireless communications projects. Click here  left arrow for a summary of their qualifications and experience. They collaborate on consulting assignments, and share the work according to their individual expertise and their schedules.


BlackBerry Maker Picks U.S. Headquarters

Published: December 17, 2007
Filed at 3:17 p.m. ET

DALLAS (AP) — Research in Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smart phone, will put its U.S. headquarters in a Texas suburb where it plans to employ more than 1,000 people within next several years.

Company executives and local business and political leaders announced the choice of Irving on Monday at a press conference at its new offices there.

Jim Balsillie, co-chief executive, said Research in Motion is expanding operations to pursue sales and service opportunities around the world. He said Irving offered a talented work force and strong infrastructure.

The company's world headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario. It makes wireless devices with phone, texting, e-mail and Internet capability for customers around the world. BlackBerry service is available on phone-service providers including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.

Ron Gafford, chairman of the Greater Dallas Chamber, called Research in Motion ''a world-class organization'' noted for innovation and said he was thrilled at the U.S. headquarters decision.

''This is a great day for North Texas as we welcome this wonderful company and the jobs it will create,'' said state Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano.

Irving is home to the nation's largest company, Exxon Mobil Corp., and to Kimberly-Clark Corp. and jewelry company Zale Corp. It also houses large offices for several telecommunications and public relations companies.

Research in Motion will occupy more than 100,000 square feet in Riverside Commons, a recently renovated six-building office complex on 13 acres along State Highway 114.

This month, Research in Motion struck a deal with JetBlue Airways Corp. to test letting passengers check their e-mail in flight.

Source: The New York Times


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This year, AAPC achieved the following major regulatory accomplishments:

  • Appointment of an AAPC representative to the Commercial Mobile Service Alert Advisory Committee established pursuant to Section 603(d)(3) of the Warning Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act (2006).
  • Appointment of another AAPC representative to the Joint Advisory Committee on Communications Capabilities of Emergency Medical and Public Health Care Facilities established pursuant to Section 2201(c) of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act (2007).
  • Participating with the FCC on EB Docket No. 06-119, in which the FCC is implementing the recommendations of the Katrina Panel regarding ways to improve disaster preparedness, network reliability, and communications among first responders during emergencies, and on CC Docket No. 95-115, in which the FCC is tightening its regulation of Customer Proprietary Network Information that is collected and retained by telecommunications carriers.
  • In November, AAPC members became affiliated members of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) and now receive their newsletters and Enterprise Wireless™ magazine, and are invited to join their bi-weekly conference calls on regulatory updates.
  • The Paging Technical Committee (PTC) has continued to have a successful year assisting with developing device standards and fostering the development of handheld and telemetry applications that add value to the paging community.
  • New in 2008, our annual Wireless Forum conference will be a combined event with the regular EWA trade show. Our members will receive a registration discount, our vendors will be participating and several sessions will be dedicated to pertinent topics within our industry. Mark your calendars now to attend this premier event, November 4 – 7, 2008, at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Paging technologies are recognized as a “must have” component in all emergency situations. AAPC is on the front lines advocating for your business and our industry. Thank you for a productive 2007 and we look forward to your continued participation and advocating for you in 2008.

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Danger Inc. files for IPO

December 19, 2007: 07:10 PM EST

Dec. 19, 2007 — (Thomson Financial delivered by Newstex) —

NEW YORK (AP) - Mobile software company Danger Inc. said Wednesday it plans an initial public offering of its common stock, but did not disclose any terms in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company plans to use proceeds from the IPO to repay in full the outstanding amounts under its credit facilities, which totaled $7.2 million as of Nov. 30, 2007, according to the filing.

Remaining proceeds will be used for working capital and other general corporate purposes, including funding the expansion and operation of data centers and supporting research and development and sales and marketing activities.

The software-as-a-service company enables mobile operators to deliver data and Internet services to their subscribers. The company's software is used in the U.S. and certain international markets through the T-Mobile Sidekick family of devices and in Australia and Europe through devices using its 'hiptop' brand.

Danger-enabled mobile devices are manufactured by Sharp Corp. and Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MEU) (NYSE:MOT)

Danger receives monthly service fees from its mobile operator customers for each subscriber that has access to its data services. The company also generates revenue from premium applications, content and services it provides.

Danger is led by Henry R. Nothhaft, a former chief executive of Endforce Inc., an Internet protocol services software company. Nothhaft has also served as vice chairman of XO Communications Inc., a telecommunications services provider.

For the year ended Sept. 30, Danger reported a loss attributable to common stockholders of $28.1 million, compared with a loss of $21 million the previous year. Revenue rose 14 percent to $56.4 million from $49.3 million in the prior year.

Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB) Securities and UBS (NYSE:UBS) Investment Bank are lead managers of the deal. Thomas Weisel Partners LLC, Pacific Crest Securities and ThinkEquity Partners LLC are also underwriting the offering.

The company has applied to list its shares on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol 'DNGR.'


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From: Vic Jackson
Subject: AT&T Accessible Letter
Date: December 20, 2007 3:46:14 PM CST
To: Brad Dye


This note applies to Paging or Cellular carriers that are interconnected with AT&T in any of their 13 operating states.

Based on complaints to the FCC, on November 16, 2007, AT&T issued an Accessible Letter CLECALL07-086 (INTERCONNECTION AGREEMENTS) CLARIFICATION OF BELLSOUTH MERGER COMMITMENTS (available on the web at regarding "Extending" and "Porting" interconnection agreements within the 13 AT&T operating states that clarified their policies that implement the AT&T/BellSouth Merger Commitments made on December 29, 2006.

In essence, AT&T has changed their policy and will now allow carriers such as paging and/or cellular companies to Extend their current interconnection agreement for three (3) years. Also, AT&T will allow a carrier to adopt ("Port") an existing interconnection agreement from one state to another. Previously, AT&T had refused to allow Extension and/or inter-state Porting of many agreements. *The deadline for requesting Extension of a current agreement is January 14, 2008. *

This new policy on Porting agreements could be important to many paging carriers that currently have AT&T interconnection agreements that require payment of monthly charges for facilities. The revamped AT&T policy will now allow, in any instance where the initial term of the current agreement has expired, adoption of an interconnection agreement that provides for delivery of call traffic from AT&T without charge for the facilities.

I have attached a copy of the AT&T Accessible Letter for your reference and/or publication in the Newsletter.


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AT&T 13-STATE - Clarification of BellSouth Merger Commitments

Date: November 16, 2007

Number: CEL07-010

Category: Cellular

Issuing ILECS:  AT&T Illinois, AT&T Indiana, AT&T Ohio, AT&T Michigan, AT&T Wisconsin, AT&T California, AT&T Nevada, AT&T Arkansas, AT&T Kansas, AT&T Missouri, AT&T Oklahoma, AT&T Texas and AT&T Connecticut

Contact: AT&T Negotiator

The purpose of this Accessible Letter is to clarify AT&T’s implementation of two merger commitments adopted and approved by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) in its BellSouth/AT&T “Merger Order”. The commitments discussed herein concern porting and extending interconnection agreements (“ICAs”).

Porting ICAs
Merger Commitment 7.1 allows carriers to port effective interconnection agreements entered into in any state in AT&T’s 22-state ILEC operating territory (subject to stated limitations and requirements). Some carriers have inquired why they are not able to port an agreement when the initial term has expired but the agreement itself has not yet been noticed for termination/renegotiation. This letter clarifies that such agreements are, in fact, eligible for porting under Merger Commitment 7.1, and AT&T has consistently implemented the commitment in this manner. However, carriers should be aware that adopted agreements always carry the same expiration date as the underlying agreement that is being adopted. Therefore, if a carrier adopts and ports an ICA whose initial term has expired, subsequent noticing of that ICA for termination and renegotiation will require that the adopted/ported agreement also be renegotiated. Moreover, consistent with federal rules, ICAs that have been noticed for termination/renegotiation are not eligible to be ported because they have already “remain[ed] available for use by telecommunications carriers…for a reasonable period of time.” Accordingly, when porting agreements pursuant to Merger Commitment 7.1, carriers should be mindful of whether the ICA, by its terms, is eligible to be noticed for termination/renegotiation or has already been noticed by either party.

Extending ICAs’ Terms
Merger Commitment 7.4 allows carriers to extend the terms of their current ICAs for a period of up to three (3) years, subject to amendment to reflect prior and future changes of law. The question has arisen whether ICAs may be extended for three years from the expiration date of the ICA’s initial term (as interpreted and implemented by AT&T) or some other date (e.g., the merger close date of December 29, 2006 or the date of a carrier’s extension request). While AT&T believes that its interpretation is supported by the plain language of Merger Commitment 7.4, as well as by the ex parte documents submitted to the FCC and the negotiations of the commitment prior to release of the Merger Order, AT&T is modifying its position to allow carriers additional opportunities to extend the terms of their agreements. As such, effective with the date of this Accessible Letter, AT&T will implement Merger Commitment 7.4 as follows:

ICAs Expiring Prior to January 15, 2008 (Option 1): ICAs whose initial terms have already expired, or will expire prior to January 15, 2008, may be extended for up to three years from the date of a carrier’s extension request, provided that AT&T receives the carrier’s extension request prior to January 15, 2008. An ICA’s term may be extended only once pursuant to Merger Commitment 7.4. If no request to extend the ICA’s term has been received by AT&T prior to January 15, 2008, the ICA’s term may not be extended pursuant to the merger commitment.

ICAs Expiring On or After January 15, 2008 (Option 2): ICAs whose initial terms will expire on or after January 15, 2008, may be extended for up to three years from the expiration date of the ICA’s initial term, provided that (i) AT&T receives a carrier’s extension request prior to the ICA’s expiration date of the initial term, and (ii) the ICA’s initial term expires before June 29, 2010, the sunset date of the merger commitment. ICAs whose initial term expires after June 29, 2010 are not eligible for extension. An ICA’s term may be extended only once pursuant to Merger Commitment 7.4. If no request to extend the ICA’s term has been received by AT&T as of the expiration date of the ICA’s initial term, the ICA may not be extended pursuant to the merger commitment.

Important Note for Both Options Above: The expiration date of an agreement’s initial term may be either express (e.g., “January 15, 2008”) or a date that requires calculation (e.g., “three years from the Effective Date”). Initial terms may also be a date established by a filed and approved amendment (e.g., an ICA’s initial term expired on January 15, 2001, but an amendment extended the expiration date until January 15, 2003, in which case the latter is still considered the expiration date of the ICA’s initial term). For purposes of implementing Merger Commitment 7.4, the expiration date of an agreement’s initial term will in all cases be used, as described above, to calculate whether the agreement is eligible for extension. Any evergreen term, renewal term or default term (e.g., month-to-month or year-to-year) or any other term that continues the agreement beyond the expiration of its initial term will have no bearing on whether and how the agreement may be extended. This has important implications for the options discussed above, including without limitation:

  • For Option 1, the initial term of an ICA may have already expired but the ICA may still be in effect (e.g., the ICA expired on June 1, 2007 and it is presently in effect on a month-to-month basis). The required extension notice under Option 1 must be received by AT&T prior to January 15, 2008, regardless of the fact that the ICA remains in effect on a month-to-month or other basis. On January 15, 2008, unless a carrier has submitted the required notice to extend the term, it will be deemed to have waived any extension rights with respect to that ICA.
  • For Option 2, the required term extension notice must be received by AT&T prior to the expiration date of the ICA’s initial term, regardless of whether the ICA continues in effect beyond the expiration date of the initial term. Upon the expiration date of an ICA’s initial term, a carrier will be deemed to have waived any extension rights with respect to that ICA.

The options under Merger Commitment 7.4 as described in this Accessible Letter are available to carriers regardless of whether they have already submitted an extension request, and regardless of the disposition of that prior request. However, carriers desiring to extend the terms of their ICAs as stated herein must submit another extension request, as AT&T is unable to decide unilaterally what any carrier may want to avail itself of at this point in time. Carriers may not rely on prior extension requests to avail themselves of the options discussed in this Accessible Letter. Carriers who do not submit an extension request, by the time periods indicated above, may not extend their ICAs pursuant to Merger Commitment 7.4 as described herein. Extension Request Forms can be found by CLECs on AT&T’s CLEC Online website at and by paging/wireless carriers at


Any questions regarding this Accessible Letter should be directed to your Lead Negotiator.

Carriers that extended or requested to extend the initial term of an ICA that has already expired pursuant to AT&T’s prior policy (i.e., for up to three years from the initial expiration date) may re-submit a request to extend the ICA pursuant to this Accessible Letter. For such carriers, the ICA may be extended under Option 1 for up to three years from the date of carrier’s initial, prior request, as long as carrier sends the required notice discussed herein by January 15, 2008.

From the HOME page of CLEC Online, click on the sub-heading Interconnection Agreements located on the left-hand side of the page and follow your cursor to the BLS Merger Commitment Request Forms link. A new window will appear. On the page AT&T/BLS Merger Commitments under Reducing Transaction Costs Associated with Interconnection Agreements, you will see a list of four commitments. The fourth contains an Extension Request Form to be completed and submitted to AT&T Wholesale Contract Management, via fax or email. The fax number and email address are provided on this page.

From the HOME page of Prime Access, click on the subheading BLS-Merger Request Forms located on the left-hand side of the page. An AT&T CLEC Online Disclaimer will appear, click OK. A page containing the BLS Merger Commitment Request Forms will be displayed. Under Reducing Transaction Costs Associated with Interconnection Agreements, you will see a list of four commitments. The fourth contains an Extension Request Form to be completed and submitted to AT&T Wholesale Contract Management, via fax or email. The fax number and email address are provided on this page.

Memorandum Opinion and Order, In the Matter of AT&T, Inc. and BellSouth Corporation Application for Transfer of Control, 22 F.C.C.R. 5662 at ¶222, Appendix F (March 26, 2007) (“Merger Order).

Merger Order at Appendix F, “Reducing Transaction Costs Associated with Interconnection Agreements,” ¶ 1.

Review of the Section 251 Unbundling Obligations of Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers, CC Docket No. 01-338, Second Report and Order, 19 FCC Rcd 13494 (FCC 2004).

47 C.F.R. § 51.809(c).

Merger Order at Appendix F, “Reducing Transaction Costs Associated with Interconnection Agreements,” ¶ 4. Merger Commitment 7.4 applies to ICAs in effect as of the date of the Merger Order, December 29, 2006.

Compare with Order of the Kentucky Public Service Commission, Petition of Sprint Communications Company L.P. et al. For Arbitration of Rates, Terms and Conditions of Interconnection with BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. d/b/a AT&T Kentucky d/b/a AT&T Southeast, Case No. 2007-00180 (Sept. 18, 2007) (holding that Merger Commitment 7.4 gives carriers the right to extend ICAs for three years from the merger close date of December 29, 2006, or until December 29, 2009).

(Sept. 18, 2007) (holding that Merger Commitment 7.4 gives carriers the right to extend ICAs for three years from the merger close date of December 29, 2006, or until December 29, 2009).

Carriers that extended or requested to extend the initial term of an ICA that has already expired pursuant to AT&T’s prior policy (i.e., for up to three years from the initial expiration date) may re-submit a request to extend the ICA pursuant to this Accessible Letter. For such carriers, the ICA may be extended under Option 1 for up to three years from the date of carrier’s initial, prior request, as long as carrier sends the required notice discussed herein by January 15, 2008.

From the HOME page of CLEC Online, click on the sub-heading Interconnection Agreements located on the left-hand side of the page and follow your cursor to the BLS Merger Commitment Request Forms link. A new window will appear. On the page AT&T/BLS Merger Commitments under Reducing Transaction Costs Associated with Interconnection Agreements, you will see a list of four commitments. The fourth contains an Extension Request Form to be completed and submitted to AT&T Wholesale Contract Management, via fax or email. The fax number and email address are provided on this page.

From the HOME page of Prime Access, click on the subheading BLS-Merger Request Forms located on the left-hand side of the page. An AT&T CLEC Online Disclaimer will appear, click OK. A page containing the BLS Merger Commitment Request Forms will be displayed. Under Reducing Transaction Costs Associated with Interconnection Agreements, you will see a list of four commitments. The fourth contains an Extension Request Form to be completed and submitted to AT&T Wholesale Contract Management, via fax or email. The fax number and email address are provided on this page.

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The POSpage pages directly from a PC-based POS terminal, sending a vibrating and audio alert to the required staff member, and a text message with additional information on where and why their assistance is needed. It can be used with touchscreen Windows-based EPOS machines and the on-screen buttons can also be tailored to the individual retailer's needs.

Another advantage to this technology, says POSpage, is that it offers exceptional flexibility, as a typical system has 10 buttons, which can each page a different message to a different pager or group of pagers.

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Dec 14, 2007 (TELECOMWORLDWIRE via COMTEX) — ONEV | charts | news | PowerRating -- One Voice Technologies Inc (OTCBB: ONEV), a developer of fourth generation voice solutions for the Telecom and Interactive Multimedia markets, said on 14 December that it has added as a major retailer for One Voice's Media Centre Communicator voice control for Windows Vista Media Centre, Apple iTunes and Skype.

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

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

[Selected portions reproduced here with the firm's permission.]

   Vol. 10, No. 50 December 19, 2007   


holly In lieu of holiday cards this season, BloostonLaw will be making a donation to Healthcare for the Homeless, a local charity program. We wish our clients a happy and safe holiday season! In observance of the holidays, BloostonLaw Telecom Update will not be published until Jan. 9, 2008. Our office will be closed from Dec. 21 through Dec. 25, and Dec 31 & Jan. 1.

New CPNI Rules Require Filing Annual Certification With FCC By March 1

With the FCC’s new customer proprietary network information (CPNI) rules now in effect as of December 8, clients should modify and complete the “Annual Certification of CPNI Compliance” shortly after the beginning of the new calendar year (2008) for the prior calendar year (2007). Although the rules do not specify when you should execute the certification, we recommend you do it as soon as possible after the end of the year.

When completed shortly after the beginning of each calendar year, a company officer with personal knowledge that the company has established operating procedures adequate to ensure compliance with the rules should execute the Certification, place a copy of the Certification and accompanying Exhibits in the Company’s CPNI Compliance Records, and forward the original to BloostonLaw no later than Feb. 15 for filing with the FCC. THE CERTIFICATION AND EXHIBITS MUST BE UPDATED AND RE-EXECUTED EACH YEAR BY AN OFFICER OF THE COMPANY, AND FILED WITH THE FCC ON OR BEFORE MARCH 1. CLIENTS THAT HAVE NOT YET PREPARED AND SIGNED A 2006 CERTIFICATION SHOULD DO SO BY YEAR-END 2007. Clients interested in obtaining BloostonLaw's CPNI compliance manual should contact Gerry Duffy (202-828-5528) or Mary Sisak (202-828-5554).

AUCTION 73 CHANGES: The FCC has announced that the upfront payment deadline for the auction of 700 MHz Band licenses (Auction 73) has been rescheduled to January 4, 2008, 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). In addition to the revised upfront payment deadline, the mock auction is rescheduled to January 22, 2008. The Auction 73 start date of January 24, 2008, remains unchanged.

FCC Eases Media Ownership Rule, Allowing Newspaper, Broadcaster Mergers In Top 20 Markets, With Conditions

Despite opposition from the Senate Commerce Committee and the two Democratic FCC Commissioners, Chairman Kevin Martin secured the votes of his two Republican colleagues and passed an order amending the 32-year-old absolute ban on newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership that presumptively allows a newspaper to own one television station or one radio station in the 20 largest markets, subject to certain criteria and limitations.

The newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule currently prohibits common ownership of a broadcast station and a daily newspaper in the same market. The ban was established during the Nixon Administration, when Republicans and the press were extremely hostile toward one another. It is ironic that a Republican FCC majority is now voting to undo that cross-ownership ban.

At yesterday’s open meeting, the FCC noted that the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia had affirmed the Commission’s determination that this blanket ban on newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership was no longer in the public interest while remanding the specific cross-media ownership limits drawn by the Commission in 2003 (Prometheus Radio Project, et al. v. FCC). The Court agreed that “… reasoned analysis supports the Commission’s determination that the blanket ban on newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership was no longer in the public interest.”

The FCC majority said that the media marketplace has changed considerably since 1975 when the newspaper/ broadcast cross ownership was put in place. At that time, cable was a nascent service, satellite television did not exist and there was no Internet. Consumers have benefited from the emergence of new sources of news and information. But according to almost every measure newspapers are struggling. For example, at least 300 daily papers have stopped publishing over the past 30 years and circulation and advertising revenues at approximately half of all U.S. dailies has dropped precipitously in recent years. Permitting cross-ownership can preserve the viability of newspapers by allowing them to share their operational costs across multiple media platforms.

The FCC majority said the rule would presumptively permit cross ownership only in the largest markets where there exists competition and numerous voices. The revised rule balances the need to support the availability and sustainability of local news while not significantly increasing local concentration or harming diversity. Under the new approach, the Commission presumes a proposed newspaper/broadcast transaction is in the public interest if it meets the following test:

(1) the market at issue is one of the 20 largest Nielsen Designated Market Areas (“DMAs”);
(2) the transaction involves the combination of only one major daily newspaper and only one television or radio station;
(3) if the transaction involves a television station, at least eight independently owned and operating major media voices (defined to include major newspapers and full-power TV stations) would remain in the DMA following the transaction; and
(4) if the transaction involves a television station, that station is not among the top four ranked stations in the DMA.

All other proposed newspaper/broadcast transactions would continue to be presumed not in the public interest. However, the Report and Order addresses two limited circumstances in which this negative presumption would be reversed:

First, it adapts the Commission’s longstanding approach concerning failed or failing station waivers to newspaper/broadcast combinations, using the same criteria in defining whether an outlet is “failing” or has “failed.” To be deemed “failed,” the newspaper or broadcast station would have to have ceased publication or gone dark at least four months before the filing of an application, or be in bankruptcy proceedings. To be treated as “failing,” the applicant must show that (a) the broadcast station has had an all-day audience share of 4 percent or lower, (b) the newspaper or broadcast station has had a negative cash flow for the previous three years, (c) the combination will produce public interest benefits, and (d) the in-market buyer is the only reasonably available candidate willing and able to acquire and operate the newspaper or station.

Second, the negative presumption against a newspaper/broadcast combination will be reversed when a proposed transaction results in a new source of local news in a market – to be specific, when a combination would initiate at least seven hours of new local news programming per week on a broadcast station that previously has not aired local news.

Under the new rule, the Commission would consider these presumptions as establishing a high hurdle as it reviews the transactions on a case-by-case basis. In particular, applicants attempting to overcome a negative presumption about a newspaper television combination will need to demonstrate by clear and convincing evidence that post-merger, the merged entity will increase the diversity of independent news outlets (e.g., separate editorial and news coverage decisions) and increase competition among independent news sources in the relevant market. The Commission will use the following factors to inform its evaluation:

  • the level of concentration in the DMA;
  • a showing that the combined entity will significantly increase the amount of local news in the market;
  • a showing that the newspaper and the broadcast outlets each will continue to employ its own news and editorial staff and that each will exercise its own independent news judgment; and
  • the financial condition of the newspaper or broadcast station in the proposed combination, and if the newspaper or station is in financial distress, the proposed owner's commitment to invest significantly in newsroom operations.

This approach will permit the Commission to balance the needs of the public for media and viewpoint diversity with its concerns about the financial health of traditional media outlets in the context of each particular transaction.

This rule change is notably more conservative in approach than the remanded newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule that the Commission adopted in 2003. That rule would have allowed transactions in the top 170 markets. The rule adopted today allows only a subset of transactions in only the top 20 markets, which would still be subject to an individualized determination that the transaction is in the public interest.

With respect to the remaining broadcast ownership rules currently under review, the Commission determined that any further relaxation of ownership rules in the radio or television broadcast markets should not be allowed. The Commission will make no changes to the local television “duopoly” rule, the local radio ownership rule, local radio-television cross ownership rule and the dual network rule currently in effect.

Commissioner Michael Copps strongly disagreed with the majority. “Today’s decision would make George Orwell proud,” he said. “We claim to be giving the news industry a shot in the arm—but the real effect is to reduce total newsgathering. We shed crocodile tears for the financial plight of newspapers—yet the truth is that newspaper profits are about double the S&P 500 average. We pat ourselves on the back for holding six field hearings across the United States—yet today’s decision turns a deaf ear to the thousands of Americans who waited in long lines for an open mike to testify before us. We say we have closed loopholes—yet we have introduced new ones. We say we are guided by public comment— yet the majority’s decision is overwhelmingly opposed by the public as demonstrated in our record and in public opinion surveys. We claim the mantle of scientific research—even as the experts say we’ve asked the wrong questions, used the wrong data, and reached the wrong conclusions.

“Our motivations are less Olympian and our methodology far simpler—we generously ask big media to sit on Santa’s knee, tell us what it wants for Christmas, and then push through whatever of these wishes are politically and practically feasible. No test to see if anyone’s been naughty or nice. Just another big, shiny present for the favored few who already hold an FCC license—and a lump of coal for the rest of us. Happy holidays!”

Also disagreeing with the majority was Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, who said: “By moving forward now with relaxation of the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule, the majority ignores the repeated pleas of the American people and their representatives in Congress. There is no time-sensitive issue that compels us to act today. In fact, we were asked by leaders in Congress, including our oversight committees, to defer today and conduct a more inclusive process. That we are moving forward when the voices that matter are asking us to refrain defies the imagination.

“The FCC has never attempted such a brazen act of defiance against Congress. Like the Titanic, we are steaming at full speed despite repeated warnings of danger ahead. We should have slowed down rather than put everything at risk.

“The reasons for Congressional concern were underscored by the frantic scramble to make major policy changes at the last minute to this item. Late last night, there was a brand new proposal to provide waivers to 42 newspaper-television combinations. And not until early this morning, we learned of massive changes to the waiver standards – an issue of grave concern to me and a number of leaders in Congress. The majority argues this item is the product of long and careful deliberation. But after an odyssey through the Commission and the Courts, massive changes and new, previously unseen waivers were adopted in the dead of night on the eve of a vote. That hardly inspires confidence that this was an open, transparent and deliberative process.

“The choices made by the majority are stark. The only entities asking for relief are the very media giants we are charged with overseeing. As we were reminded on Capitol Hill, the law does not say we are to serve those who seek to profit by using the public airwaves. The law says we are to serve the public interest. And the public has repeatedly told us they are not interested in further media consolidation.”

Clearly this is a contentious issue that is far from being resolved at the Commission or in Congress or, perhaps, in the Courts.

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

FCC Opens Proceeding To Establish Commercial Mobile Alert System

The FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish a Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), under which commercial mobile service (CMS) providers may elect to transmit emergency alerts to the public. This proceeding represents a next step in complying with the Warning Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act requirement that the Commission enable commercial mobile service alerting capability for providers that elect to transmit emergency alerts. In addition, with this rulemaking the FCC continues to address its obligations under the President’s “Public Alert and Warning System” Executive Order that the Commission “adopt rules to ensure that communications systems have the capacity to transmit alerts and warnings to the public as part of the public alert and warning system.”

Section 602 of the WARN Act requires the Commission to adopt: (1) system critical protocols and technical requirements for the CMAS; (2) a mechanism under which commercial mobile service provider licensees may elect to participate in the CMAS and disclose to their subscribers whether or not they will participate; (3) rules under which licensees and permittees of noncommercial educational (NCE) broadcast stations or public broadcast stations install necessary equipment and technologies on, or as part of, any broadcast television digital signal transmitter to enable the distribution of geographically targeted alerts by CMS providers that have elected to participate in the CMAS; and (4) technical testing requirements for CMS providers that elect to transmit emergency alerts and for the devices and equipment used by such providers for transmitting such alerts.

In this NPRM, the FCC seeks comment on questions pertaining to all of these statutory requirements. It also seeks comment about how the issues discussed in the NPRM relate to the Commission’s activities in connection with the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

This NPRM is the latest example of the FCC’s commitment to enhance the redundancy, reliability and security of emergency alerts to the public by requiring that alerts be distributed over diverse communications platforms. Most recently, the FCC expanded the EAS from its legacy in analog television and radio to include participation by digital television broadcasters, digital cable television providers, digital broadcast radio, Digital Audio Radio Service (DARS) and Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) systems.

As the Commission noted in its 2005 EAS Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, wireless services are becoming equal to television and radio as an avenue to reach the American public quickly and efficiently. As of June 2007, approximately 243 million Americans subscribed to wireless services. Wireless service has progressed beyond voice communications and now provides subscribers with access to a wide range of information critical to their personal and business affairs. In times of emergency, Americans rely on their mobile telephony service to receive and retrieve critical, time-sensitive information. A comprehensive mobile alerting system would have the ability to reach people on the go in a short timeframe, even where they do not have access to broadcast radio or television or other sources of EAS. Providing critical alert information in this respect will ultimately help avert danger and save lives.

Section 602(a) of the WARN Act requires that the Commission adopt technical standards, protocols, procedures, and other technical requirements based on the recommendations of the Commercial Mobile Service Alert Advisory Committee (CMSAAC) that will enable commercial mobile service alerting capability for CMS providers that voluntarily elect to transmit emergency alerts. The CMSAAC has recently completed its report, and the FCC seeks comment generally on all the recommendations contained therein. Accordingly, the FCC seeks comment on the technical standards, protocols, procedures and other requirements that should be adopted to facilitate the transmission of emergency alerts by CMS providers. The FCC asks whether these recommendations, if adopted, would satisfy the requirements of the WARN Act and the goal of ensuring a robust, reliable and effective CMAS that could, in conjunction with other alerting systems and technologies, be used to transmit emergency alerts to all Americans, including those with special needs and those who do not speak English. The FCC seeks comment on whether the CMSAAC recommendations present an effective mechanism for alert originators at all levels of government to initiate emergency alerts and whether these recommendations could be implemented using a myriad of current and future technologies.

Commenters should review all of the recommendations and comment, where appropriate, on the manner in which each of the recommendations contributes to an effective, unified system for the delivery of alerts over commercial mobile systems as envisioned by the WARN Act. The FCC further seeks comment on any alternatives to the CMSAAC’s recommendations. Comments that suggest alternatives to the CMSAAC’s recommendations should address with sufficient detail how their proposed alternative would promote an effective CMAS as envisioned by the WARN Act.

The FCC seeks comment on the availability of technologies now and in the future for the transmission of alerts over the CMAS. For example, to what extent do point-to-point and point-to-multipoint technologies provide viable solutions for a national CMAS? In this regard, the FCC notes that, the CMSAAC raised concerns regarding the viability of point-to-point solutions for a national alerting system. The FCC seeks comment on these concerns. Specifically, can current generation point-to-point services such as short message service (SMS) be used to efficiently alert large populations of people within a short time frame? What impact would wireless 3G networks have on the SMS model?

Can point-to-multipoint technologies such as cell broadcast provide a viable transport solution for alerts transmitted over the CMAS? If current cell broadcasting does not provide a viable solution, what further development would be necessary to use cell broadcasting for the CMAS? Are there significant differences in how CDMA or GSM systems could employ cell broadcasting today and in the future? Are current mobile devices capable of receiving cell broadcast alerts?

The FCC also seeks comment, particularly from the EAS community, on whether a broadcast distribution model similar to that used to distribute EAS is consistent with the WARN Act and the CMAS. Could radio data systems like the Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS), which do not require significant service provider infrastructure, nonetheless meet our goals for efficient delivery of alerts over the CMAS? What about emerging wireless broadcast technologies such as MediaFLO and DVB-H? Comments should include a discussion concerning the broad range of devices intended to utilize the CMAS and potential impact on the subscriber service experience.

The CMAS as proposed by the CMSAAC likely will require a higher layer protocol that carries meta-data (administrative information) with the alert message, and can send authentication and authorization data to the alert’s originator. The FCC seeks comment on whether this higher layer protocol is necessary for the CMAS. The FCC also seeks comment on how point-to-point, point-to-multipoint and broadcast models could carry this information and provide the recommended authentication information. The FCC further seeks comment on any alternative methods for transmitting this data.

What should be the Federal Government’s role, if any, in managing the CMAS? The CMSAAC recommended that a Federal Government entity fulfill the roles of “Alert Aggregator” (i.e., receive, accumulate and authenticate alerts originated by authorized alert initiators using the Common Alert Protocol (CAP)) and the “Alert Gateway” (i.e., formulate an alert based on key fields in the CAP alert sent by the alert initiator and transmit the alert to corresponding gateways operated by each CMS provider). The FCC seeks comment on these recommendations. Is it necessary and desirable for a Federal government entity to assume these roles? If so, what Federal government entity would be appropriate?

The CMSAAC also recommended that all alerts, whether national or local, would be funneled through this aggregator. Is a centralized system best positioned to accomplish the goals of the CMAS as envisioned by the WARN Act? Would this run the risk of creating a single point of failure?

Further, the FCC seeks comment on the government alerting system capability to a) support the aggregation of alerts from emergency agencies down to county and municipal levels, b) distribute alerts to a diverse range of potential alerting systems, and c) interact and determine the status of such connected alerting systems. What is the role of state emergency agencies in such a scheme? Should the aggregator concept be expanded to include state and county emergency agencies, such as state and county emergency operations centers (EOCs)?

The FCC seeks comment on the CMSAAC’s recommendation that the CMAS use CAP as the basic alerting protocol from the alert initiator to the alert gateway. The FCC also seeks comment about the use of CAP as a general, system-wide CMAS interface. Is use of CAP currently practicable in the context of CMAS?

The FCC seeks comment on whether it should adopt a character limit for alerts transmitted over the CMAS.

The FCC also seeks comment on whether and to what extent emergency alerts should be classified. The FCC specifically seeks comment on the CMSAAC’s recommendation that there be three classes of Commercial Mobile Alerts: Presidential-level, Imminent threat to life and property; and Child Abduction Emergency or “Amber Alert” Service.

For example, the CMSAAC recommended that the term “Imminent threat to life and property” be defined as “alerts where the CAP severity equals Extreme or Severe, CAP urgency is Immediate or Expected, and CAP certainty is Observed or Likely.” Is this proposed definition sufficient to set a proper threshold for the class of alerts that should be transmitted using the CMAS?

The FCC also seeks comment on the content of CMAS alerts, including the CMSAAC’s recommendation that all service providers support, at minimum, a capability for a text based common alerting message format support across multiple service platform technologies.

The CMSAAC also recommended that the elements of a Commercial Mobile Alert Message (CMAM) should be (1) event type or category, (2) area affected, (3) recommended action, (4) expiration time with time zone, and (4) sending agency. The FCC seeks comment on these choices.

The CMSAAC also recommended a method for the automatic generation of alert text by extracting information from CAP fields, SAME codes and free-form text, but proposed that the CMAS allow the generation of free text in Amber Alerts and Presidential alerts. The FCC sought comment on these and a host of other technical issues.

Comments in this PS Docket No. 07-287 proceeding will be due 30 days after publication of the item in the Federal Register, and replies will be due 15 days thereafter.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky and John Prendergast.


FCC PROPOSES 10.2% USF CONTRIBUTION FACTOR FOR FIRST QUARTER 2008: The FCC has proposed setting the Universal Service Fund (USF) contribution factor at 0.102 or 10.2% for the first quarter of 2008. This is down from the 11.0% figure from the fourth quarter of 2007, the 11.3% figure for the third quarter, and the 11.7% for the second quarter. But it is up from 9.7% in the first quarter of last year. For the year 2006, the USF contribution factor was 9.1% in the fourth quarter, 10.5% figure for the third quarter, 10.9% in the second quarter, and 10.2% in the first quarter. The proposed 10.2% contribution factor for the first quarter of 2008 will be used to calculate the line item charge on the customer’s bill (i.e., to calculate the charges on revenues that a carrier receives). The FCC’s USF Interim Contribution Methodology order prohibits carriers from marking up the USF line item higher than the contribution factor. If the FCC takes no action by December 28, the contribution factor will become effective. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

FCC ADOPTS REPORT AND NPRM ON BROADCAST LOCALISM: At its December 18 open meeting, the FCC adopted a Report on Broadcast Localism and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that sets forth proposals to increase local programming content and diversity in communities across America. In its review of these issues, the Commission accrued over 83,000 written comments and heard the testimony of 500 panelists offered during the six field hearings on localism conducted throughout the country. The Report makes tentative conclusions regarding the following proposals, for which it seeks comment:

  • Qualified LPTV stations should be granted Class A status, which requires them to provide 3 hours per week of locally-produced programming;
  • Licensees should establish permanent advisory boards (including representatives of underserved community segments) in each station community of license with which to consult periodically on community needs and issues; and
  • Commission adoption of renewal application processing guidelines that will ensure that all broadcasters provide some locally-oriented programming

The Report also states that the Commission will: (1) Better educate members of the public as to the obligations of broadcasters and the Commission’s procedures so that viewers and listeners can become more actively involved in ensuring that stations offer locally oriented programming; and (2) Investigate other ways to assist prospective radio licensees to identify suitable available commercial FM spectrum in the communities in which they wish to broadcast, including authorizing the development of software to do so. The Report notes that, as temporary trustees of the public’s airwaves, broadcasters are obligated to operate their stations to serve the public interest, including their airing of programming responsive to the needs and issues of their station communities of license. The actions and proposals contained in the Report are intended to ensure that the nations’ broadcasters will meet this responsibility. BloostonLaw contact: Gerry Duffy.

FCC ADOPTS RULES TO EXPAND BROADCAST OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW ENTRANTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES: The FCC, at yesterday’s open meeting, adopted a Report and Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to expand opportunities for participation in the broadcasting industry by new entrants and small businesses, including minority- and women-owned businesses, to own broadcast outlets. The new rules are intended to help eligible entities with access to financing and availability of spectrum. Specifically, in the Order the Commission took the following actions:

  • Changed its construction permit deadlines to allow “eligible entities” that acquire expiring construction permits additional time to build out the facility;
  • Revised the Commission’s equity/debt plus (EDP) attribution standard to facilitate investment in eligible entities;
  • Modified the Commission’s distress sale policy to allow a licensee – whose license has been designated for a revocation hearing or whose renewal application has been designated for a hearing on basic qualifications issues – to sell its station to an “eligible entity” prior to the commencement of the hearing;
  • Adopted an Equal Transactional Opportunity Rule that bars race or gender in broadcast transactions;
  • Adopted a “zero-tolerance” policy for ownership fraud and “fast-track” ownership-fraud claims and seek to resolve them within 90 days;
  • Required broadcasters renewing their licenses to certify that their advertising sales contracts do not discriminate on the basis of race or gender;
  • Encouraged local and regional banks to participate in SBA-guaranteed loan programs in order to facilitate broadcast and telecommunications-related transactions;
  • Gave priority to any entity financing or incubating an eligible entity in certain duopoly situations;
  • Considered requests to extend divestiture deadlines in mergers in which applicants have actively solicited bids for divested properties from eligible entities;
  • Convened an “Access-to-Capital” conference that will focus on the investment banking and private equity communities and opportunities to acquire financing, and;
  • Announced the creation of a guidebook on diversity that focuses on what companies can do to promote diversity in ownership and contracting.
  • Revised the exception to the prohibition on the assignment or transfer of grandfathered radio station combinations.

For purposes of the initiatives adopt ed in the order, an eligible entity is any entity that would qualify as a small business consistent with Small Business Administration standards for its industry grouping, based on revenue. In the NPRM adopted as part of this item, the Commission seeks comment on whether it can or should expand its definition of “eligible entity” to include other businesses. The Commission also seeks comment on how best to improve its collection of data regarding the gender, race, and ethnicity of broadcast licensees. Finally, the Commission seeks comment on a number of additional proposals designed to expand ownership opportunities for new entrants and small businesses. BloostonLaw contact: Gerry Duffy.

FCC ADOPTS RULES TO PROMOTE VIDEO PROGRAMMING DIVERSITY: The FCC, at its December 18 open meeting, adopted rules to promote video programming diversity by ensuring new video programmers can enter and compete in the video market. The Order sets the number of subscribers a cable operator may serve at 30 percent nationwide. In a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) also adopted, the Commission seeks comment on vertical ownership limits and cable and broadcast attribution rules. The 1992 Cable Act was enacted to promote increased competition in the cable television and related markets and to foster a diverse, robust, and competitive market in the acquisition and delivery of multichannel video programming. To further these goals, Congress directed the Commission to conduct proceedings to establish reasonable limits on the number of subscribers a cable operator may serve – a “horizontal limit” – and the number of channels a cable operator may devote to its affiliated programming networks – a “vertical” or “channel occupancy” limit. The 30 percent limit, set first in 1993 and modified in 1999, was challenged by Time Warner in 2001. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit then remanded it back to the FCC seeking further justification. That remand has been pending six years at the Commission. The FCC said that the 30 percent cable horizontal ownership limit will ensure that no single cable operator can create a barrier to a video programming network’s entry into the market or cause a video programming network to exit the market simply by declining to carry the network. In devising a limit to achieve this goal, the Commission first determined the minimum number of subscribers a network needs in order to survive in the marketplace, and then estimated the percentage of subscribers a network is likely to serve once it secures a carriage contract. In the FNPRM, the Commission seeks further comment on key issues relating to the appropriate vertical ownership limit – and how to address related attribution including issues: 1) The appropriate methodology for determining the limit; 2) How to define the relevant programming and distribution markets; 3) The extent to which vertically integrated cable operators have an incentive to engage in anticompetitive behavior that could lead to foreclosure of entry by unaffiliated programmers; and 4) The validity of certain academic studies and whether they establish that vertical foreclosure is occurring despite recent changes in the marketplace. BloostonLaw contact: Gerry Duffy.

HOUSE PASSES TWO “DO NOT CALL” REGISTRY BILLS: The House has passed two bills related to the national “Do Not Call” Registry and referred them to the Senate Commerce Committee. The Do-Not-Call Registry Fee Extension Act (HR 2601), introduced by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), would extend the authority of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to collect fees to administer and enforce the provisions relating to the Do Not Call registry of the Telemarketing Sales Rule. The Do-Not-Call Improvement Act (HR 3541), introduced by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), would amend the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act to eliminate the automatic removal of telephone numbers registered on the federal Do Not Call registry. This bill is similar to the FCC’s tentative conclusion in its Do Not Call Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), in which it proposes to eliminate the need to reregister do-not-call telephone numbers (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, December 12). BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

STEVENS ASKS FCC CHAIRMAN TO LOOK INTO CALLING CARD PRACTICES: During last week’s Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing on the FCC, Vice Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) called for increased deployment of broadband service to rural America and urged FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to look into calling card practices that discriminate against Alaska. In his opening statement, Stevens said: “Deployment of broadband is an important priority. The Commission has indicated that steps to provide a more accurate picture of the marketplace will be taken, and it is my hope that these actions will be taken soon. Universal service is the most important element for the communications infrastructure our country needs in rural areas. I was glad to see that the joint board has outlined proposals for comprehensive reform. While Alaska is unique, it is not alone in needing universal service programs to deliver the benefits of broadband, telemedicine and distance learning. Universal service has a central role to play in the continued development of this country’s resources in rural America and any reform efforts should reflect this important role.” During the question-and-answer portion of the hearing Senator Stevens asked the FCC to look into calling card practices. At least one major carrier is looking to discontinue service or charge a different rate for its calling cards in Alaska. “We understand that we have a threat about discontinuing some of the national calling cards in our state,” Stevens said. “Now, I thought we worked it out so that we have a concept that the same rates would apply everywhere. Are you going to permit calling cards to be available only in 49 states?” Martin said: “No, and I think you’re absolutely right. Rate integration requirements in the law say that they have to be providing that to all 50 states.” Stevens said: “That’s what really started the whole thing back when Senator [Daniel] Inouye [D-Hawaii] and I co-sponsored that resolution about universal service, making certain we had ubiquitous service all over the country available to everyone, no matter where they were in terms of communication. Now, calling cards are a part of that. I hope you will stick to that and tell the companies if they issue those calling cards, they must issue them in all 50 states. And I would hope you would take action against anyone who doesn't.” Martin said, “Yes sir. We'll follow up with that because they are required to do that everywhere.” BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

SPRINT NEXTEL SEEKS LIMITED WAIVER OF NEW CPNI RULES: The FCC has asked for comment on a petition filed by Sprint Nextel seeking a limited waiver of certain new Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) obligations in sections 64.2010(b), (c), (e) and (f) of the Commission’s rules. The rules were adopted by the Commission in the EPIC CPNI Report and Order released on April 2, and became effective on December 8 (see separate story on Page 1). Specifically, Sprint Nextel requests a waiver until June 30, 2008, to complete the conversion of its wireless customers to its CPNI-compliant Unified Billing Platform (UBP) without disrupting the customer experience and “to deploy CPNI compliance solutions for first time online account authentication and online account change notification to better serve wireline customers.” Sprint Nextel says its UBP automates CPNI compliance through password verification, auto-generated customer notifications, and technical security measures. Comments in this WC Docket No. 04-36 proceeding are due January 7, and replies are due January 14. BloostonLaw contacts: Gerry Duffy and Mary Sisak.


DECEMBER 30: FCC FORM 507, ICLS QUARTERLY LINE COUNT UPDATE: All wireline and wireless eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs), with competitors (CETCs) operating in their study areas, must file quarterly line count updates with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to receive Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS). The December 30 report includes lines served as of June 30, 2007. This data is used to calculate an ETC’s per-line universal service support. CETCs are also required to file quarterly line count updates. However, an ETC without competition is not required to file Form 507, but may do so on a voluntary basis. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

JANUARY 1: CARRIERS MUST NOTIFY CUSTOMERS OF “DO NOT CALL” OPTIONS: The FCC requires each common carrier (wireline and wireless) offering local exchange service to inform subscribers of the opportunity to provide notification to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that the subscriber objects to receiving telephone solicitations. The carrier must inform subscribers of (1) their right to give or revoke a notification of their objection to receiving telephone solicitations pursuant to the national “Do Not Call” database; and (2) the methods by which such rights may be exercised. Beginning on January 1, 2004, and annually thereafter, such common carriers shall provide an annual notice, via an insert in the customer’s bill, to inform their subscribers of the opportunity to register or revoke registrations on the national Do Not Call database. BloostonLaw will provide clients with the wording for an appropriate notice upon request. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

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

Source: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy and Prendergast, LLP

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Posted on Fri, Dec. 21, 2007


Caldwell County Sheriff's Office expects to get $352,000 in federal money to upgrade its emergency communications system.

U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., announced the funding Thursday. Congress approved it in the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2008. President Bush still must sign the bill.

Caldwell County and the N.C. Highway Patrol are building a five-site radio system to enhance radio paging of fire and rescue crews, according to a press release from McHenry's office. The sheriff's office will use the federal money to buy mobile communication units for the system.

Source: The Charlotte Observer


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AGENCY: United States Senate

OFFICE ADDRESS: United States Senate, Office of the Sergeant at Arms, Finance Division, United States Senate, Washington, DC, 20510-7207, UNITED STATES

SUBJECT: 58 — Intent to Award a Contract to Motorola for Minitor V Pagers

CLASSIFICATION CODE: 58 - Communication, detection, & coherent radiation equipment

SOLICITATION NUMBER: Reference-Number-2008-S-010

CONTACT: Kathleen Haddow, Senior Procurement and Contracting Specialist, Phone _, Fax _, Email

NOTICE TEXT: United States Senate Office of the Sergeant at Arms Finance Division This notice announces that the United States Senate Office of the Sergeant at Arms (SAA) intends to award a contract to Motorola, Inc., 7031 Columbia Gateway Dr., 3rd Floor, Columbia, MD 21046-2289 for the purchase of Minitor V pagers, for the upgrade of the SAA Annunciator System. The Senate currently uses the Motorola Minitor IV wireless pagers to transmit emergency announcements and situation updates. Only one source is known to satisfy the requirements. If there are any other businesses that can provide the specified items, they must respond to this notice before Noon EDT on 7 January 2008. Mandatory Requirements: 1. Frequency Range: 410-420 Mhz (25 and 12.5 kHz channel spacing); 2. Minimum of 8 two-tone pairs per channel; 3. Minimum 5-Day Rechargeable Battery Life (Duty Cycle: 8-Hour Day / 5 messages @ 30 seconds each); 4. Delivery: FOB Destination Washington, DC a) For SAA: 10 weeks after award of contract/purchase order b) For Other Legislative Agencies: 12 weeks after award of contract/purchase order; and 5. All equipment and components must be new, not refurbished Response Instructions Offerors responding to this notice must: 1) Complete the Excel workbook provided in modification 01 to this Notice. All worksheets must be completed and the workbook returned as an Excel file with your response. The workbook contains three worksheets entitled: Pricing Table; Schedule of Deliveries for Pagers; and Past Performance References. 2) Provide proof that their equipment will meet the requirements stated herein in this Notice and provide equipment brochures which also include specifications of the equipment and company literature. 3) Provide Statement of Standard Warranty for the Pager, Charger Amplifier and External Antenna 4) Provide proposal containing description and/or narrative of steps and/or activities involved for Item # 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 of the Excel workbook Pricing Table worksheet. (See modification 01 Excel workbook) 5) Provide warranty specifications and/or descriptions for Item # 10 of the Excel workbook Pricing Table worksheet. (See modification 01 Excel workbook). If no affirmative responses are received by the above date, a contract with Motorola, Inc. will be pursued. Responses shall be sent via email only, to the attention of Kathleen M. Haddow at Acquisitions@saa.senate. THERE IS NO SOLICITATION. THIS NOTICE CONSTITUTES THE ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT AND IS THE ONLY INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE SAA OR U.S. SENATE. REQUESTS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE HONORED.

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The EA1 is the solution for remotely activating public warning signage. Examples include tornado sirens, flash flood warnings, fire danger, Amber Alert, icy roads, etc. The EA1 can also send text messages to scrolling signs. This can occur in conjunction with the activation of audible alarms and visual strobes. This is ideal for public notification in buildings, schools, hotels, factories, etc. The group call feature allows for any number of signs or flashing lights to be activated at the same time over a wide geographic area. In addition, the EA1 Emergency Alert is the perfect solution for low cost yet highly effective alerting of volunteer fire fighters in their home. When activated the EA1 will emit an audible alarm and activate the power outlet on the units faceplate. A common setup is to simply place the EA1 on a table and plug a lamp into the faceplate. When paged from dispatch or any touch tone phone the EA1 will awaken the fire fighter to a lit room. As an option the EA1 can be ordered with a serial cable, allowing for attachment of a serial printer. When paged the alphanumeric message will be printed out at the same time the alarm sounds and the outlet is activated. The EA1 is an ideal complement to alphanumeric belt pagers common to volunteers.

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Date: December 20, 2007 5:51:03 AM CST
To: Brad Dye


We were decorating our Christmas tree last evening when I came across one of my favorite ornaments. I'm glad to know, that the big man stays in touch with the workshop via a very reliable method. Let's hope he brings a prosperous year for all!!

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From: Dan Beach
Subject: Christmas greetings
Date: December 17, 2007 8:03:45 AM CST
To: Brad Dye


If our fellow humans have a so-called "God given" right to smoke cigarettes and cigars, drink liquor, and drive their cars way too fast, then of course we also have the right to wish someone a Merry Christmas.

Here in Canada the politicians are fighting tooth and nail to "secularize" the entire country, as I suspect is also occurring in your country, at the expense of "God-fearing (loving)" folks such as yourself and I, which makes me just plain sad. Our children will grow up without Godly morals in their schools and workplaces, at a time when we all should be joining together in our struggle against extinction due to our own stupidities. Your country is currently run by a family who have made their fortunes from the very thing which is destroying our planet, oil, and ours is run by a youngster with questionable moral values.

I do pray that the good Lord has mercy on our countries, because it is becoming as plain as the noses on our politician's faces that WE in fact are the ones responsible for destroying His beautiful planet.

I wish the entire planet a Merry Christmas ... but not the commercial version of it ... may it be a time of year when you can imitate Jesus Christ, by loving your neighbor (more than your dog ... sorry animal activists!) and treating him or her (and their children) the same way which YOU would like to be treated. This is the simple message which has been lost, and which we are all responsible for spreading and showing through example.

Best regards,
Dan Beach, Montreal, Canada

From: Al Lauttamus
Date: December 18, 2007 12:57:33 PM CST
To: Brad Dye
Subject: FW: An open letter to Vertex Standard

I received this today, thought you might be interested.


-----Original Message-----
From: Tracey Kinder
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 1:32 PM
To: Al Lauttamus
Subject: FW: An open letter to Vertex Standard

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Ohlsson
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 1:12 PM
Subject: An open letter to Vertex Standard

I received this from a colleague, and while I’m not a Vertex Standard dealer, I do very much agree with the concerns expressed by this individual.  I thought I’d share with my closest friends and colleagues.

Thank you,


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Mr. Jun Hasegawa
Vertex Standard Company, Ltd.
4-8-8 Nakameguro, Meguro-ku
Tokyo 153-8644, Japan

Dear Mr. Hasegawa:

I wish to express my extreme concern over your decision to liquidate your company to Motorola. The opinions in this letter are shared by a great many people that have supported your company and have depended on Vertex Standard to earn a living, generate employment and support their families and most of the Vertex Standard dealers I have talked to express these sentiments also.

We have been in the land mobile radio communications business for over 35 years and have experienced many changes in our industry. We have seen many come and go during this time and those that have been able to stay in this industry through these times have done so by being innovative, smart, personable and by hard work with long hours and much sacrifice. Literally, our souls are in this industry.

In my particular journey in the radio communications business I have witnessed many innovations, inventions and wonderful discoveries that not only helped make us successful but have also made this career exciting and fun and these may be the most essential attributes in making a satisfying life.

I have had relationships with most major manufacturers in my tenure and I must say that my affiliation with Vertex Standard has been a standout among them all. The people have been some of the greatest people I have had the opportunity to deal with, especially in the last decade. Also in the last decade, Vertex Standard has become a very formidable supplier of radio communications products and has become one of the most competitive manufacturers in this business. Unfortunately, this success has spurred the reason for this letter.

Over the years, Motorola has held onto it's position as the largest supplier of radio communications equipment in at least North America, if not the world. However, over the last decade or so, manufacturers like Vertex Standard have really taken market share away from Motorola, especially in the low and mid-tier markets. In Michigan, it appears that Motorola has slipped from enjoying a 60%-70% dominance in this segment, to less than 25%. Vertex, Icom and Kenwood and their dealers that market their equipment are largely responsible for this change. Product innovation from these manufacturers added to top-performing dealers have made this impressive change possible. Now, however, you are about to make a major impact in this situation, and most of us that depend on Vertex for our livelihood are going to be negatively impacted.

Vertex Standard (as well as Kenwood and Icom) dealers for the most part, have spent their professional careers battling against Motorola. In the past ten or so years, these dealers have become wildly successful in this battle. Motorola has been unable to be successful in this market segment, due largely to wonderful product offerings and terrific performance from dealers that understand this market and the personal, professional conduct of the dealers. We dealers can be proud of what we have attained. Motorola is not capable of competing in this market. They have tried and they have failed miserably.

Motorola is typified by it's arrogance. Motorola is known for it's power hunger over it's methods of distribution and the worst dealer relationship in the industry. I have had personal experience with them and attest to this description. Most of the Vertex, Kenwood and Icom dealers have spent most of their professional life battling against them and this personality. Motorola is painfully aware of it's competitor's success and felt that they had to do something, or lose this market. Because they cannot internally make changes to compete in this market, the only thing they could do is buy this market. With you, Mr. Hasegawa, apparently they have been successful and the dealers and representatives who have made you successful will now pay the price.

We understand that Vertex Standard will now be private labeling Vertex Standard products for Motorola. This will provide Motorola's "direct" sales channel and Motorola dealers a method to offer an exact replica of products we have enjoyed selling because of its uniqueness and value (price and performance) and Motorola could not compete against us. Now they can. And because of Motorola's huge financial background, will be able to sell for a price that Vertex dealers will have a tough time matching. Additionally, we will no longer be able to provide the unique products that Motorola was unable to provide at competitive pricing. Worse, Motorola will eventually be able to provide Vertex branded products to whomever they choose, which will include not only their direct sales force but also current Motorola dealers. And even though its been noted in various press releases that you will retain 20% of the companies that Motorola is to purchase from you, with the 80% majority stake, they will dictate what happens to Vertex and how it will be marketed. This leads us to the following observations:

Not one of us out here believes for a moment that once Motorola becomes fully in charge of Vertex operations with the 80% ownership, that these two, distinct and parallel lines will remain. We know they will be drawn into (or replaced by) Motorola. With Motorola's well known and documented history of such acquisitions and their need to completely control their acquisition, added to their arrogance ("After all, we're Motorola… and you're not") and attitude, all semblance of the Vertex we know today, will be gone.

Motorola has bought their competition because they couldn't compete doing business their way.

And those that depended on Vertex Standard for their livelihood will no longer exist. Your decision to "take the money and run" will have incredibly dire consequences for a very large number of us who have sought, and been successful against this formidable foe.

Few, if any, believe that it will "business as usual" after the close of this sale.

Few, if any, believe that the Vertex Standard name will even survive let alone flourish as it has. It will die a fairly quick and painful death at the hands of Motorola. And the "Goliath" Motorola killed the "David" Vertex the only way it could: financially. Most people associated with Vertex Standard have come to the very obvious conclusion that "everyone has his price." History repeats itself, again and again.

Few, if any, believe there are any positives in the purchase of the "David" (Vertex) by "Goliath" (Motorola). The sale certainly has absolutely no positives for any Vertex Standard dealer.

History has shown that the following will likely happen:

Think of what you are doing Mr. Hasegawa. Think of how you are affecting others, Mr. Hasegawa. Think of what history will think of you.

Think of honor.

I humbly request that you reconsider your decision to sell the company to our worst competitor.

Will the last one leaving Vertex Standard please turn out the lights?

Very Sincerely Yours,

Scott Adams
Adams Distributing Company
Wixom, MI

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Life is too short! My next-door neighbor was killed in a plane crash yesterday. He was a minister and was on his way home in a single-engine, four-seat Beechcraft V35B Bonanza with two friends. They crashed in a field near here. I barely knew him. They say he was a wonderful person. I had been intending to invite him over to get acquainted. Now it's too late.

3 church members die in plane crash west of Springfield


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