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AAPC Wireless Messaging News

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FRIDAY - JANUARY 15, 2010 - ISSUE NO. 390

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. There were before-and-after pictures of the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince on television. They reminded me of the time when I was in that building back in about 1973 or '74 installing a car telephone system for President “Baby Doc” the son of dictator “Papa Doc,” François Duvalier.

You can text donations for Haiti relief from your cell phone. In addition to your donation amount, standard text messaging fees will apply.

Red Cross HAITI to 90999 $10 donation
Yéle Haiti YELE to 501501 $5 donation
United Way HAITI to 864833 $5 donation
Int'l Medical Corps. HAITI to 85944 $10 donation

For more information about how you can help, click here for CNN's Impact Your World web site.

Here is a dramatic recording of some of the first reports out of Haiti by ham radio from HH2JR to W3ZU on the Intercontinental Assistance and Traffic Net (14.300 MHz). The telephones in Haiti are not working.

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NPSTC Wants To Take 900 MHz Paging Channels Away From Carriers For Public Safety Use.

FCC Proceeding Number 09-217

On October 1, 2009, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) filed a Petition for Rulemaking recommending that the Commission make available for public safety use spectrum allocated for the 900 MHz Narrowband PCS service. NPSTC contends that, although the Commission initially envisioned deployment of commercial two-way messaging and paging onto the spectrum, those applications have migrated onto advanced cellular services spectrum. NPSTC recommends that the Commission conduct an audit of the 900 MHz Narrowband PCS spectrum, recover unused or lightly used channels, and make channels available for public safety use.

Source: FCC Public Notice

Comments Filed:

The information in the links above is too extensive to copy verbatim here, but they do provide much interesting and important information about the current state of Two-way Paging in the United States. I highly recommend taking the time to read them all. Some excellent and positive points are made about the present state and future possibilities of/for Two-way Paging.

On August 7, 2006, Ron Mercer and I submitted our comments to the FCC on “Recommendations of the Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks.” In this document we raised our support of the Public Safety community: “The Commission should permit private two-way paging systems to be licensed by public safety community in the 896-901/935-940 MHz band.” We did not, however, envision a scenario where paging channels would be taken away from paging carriers—only the licensing of these entities such as was done with Monroe County, New York and the City of Richmond, Virginia. We continue to have this understanding and belief.

This report is not intended to provide legal advice. The links to filings on the FCC web site were obtained on 01/13/2010 and may not be complete at a later date. Legal advice should be obtained from a competent attorney who specializes in FCC matters.

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The topic of discussion this week in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section: Is Paging Technology Dead? (Near the end of this newsletter.) There are several excellent letters from people who really know this business. There will be more on this topic next week, so it's not too late to express your views.

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.


Editorial Opinion pieces present the opinions of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of AAPC, its publisher, or its sponsors.

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REVISED Jan 13, 2010 13:45 ET

IARU Region 2 Requests Frequencies Be Kept Clear After Massive Earthquake Strikes Haiti

On Tuesday, January 12 at 4:53 PM Haiti time (2153 UTC), a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit 10 miles (15 kilometers) west of Port-au-Prince, the island nation's capital. Communications in and out of Haiti have been disrupted. No word has been received as of yet from any of Haitian Amateur Radio operators. The ARRL encourages US amateurs to be aware of the emergency operations on the following frequencies: 7.045 and 3.720 MHz (IARU Region 2 nets), 14.265, 7.265 and 3.977 MHz (SATERN nets), and 14.300 MHz (Intercontinental Assistance and Traffic Net); the International Radio Emergency Support Coalition (IRESC) is also active on EchoLink node 278173.

IARU Region 2 Area C Emergency Coordinator, Arnie Coro, CO2KK, is coordinating a multi-national response by hams. There are organized nets on 7.045 and 3.720 MHz; amateurs are asked to monitor the frequencies, but to also keep them clear of non-essential traffic. Amateur Radio operators should also be aware that emergency traffic pertaining to the Haitian earthquake is expected on the SATERN frequencies of 14.265 MHz, 7.265 MHz and 3977 MHz, according to SATERN's leader, Major Pat McPherson. The Salvation Army is accepting health and welfare traffic requests on its Web site.

"As late as 9:45 PM local time (0245 UTC), we have not been able to contact any amateur or emergency services stations in Haiti," Coro said in an e-mail. "Amateurs from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela are monitoring the 40 meter band frequency. We are still keeping watch on 7.045 MHz, hoping that someone in Haiti may have access to a transceiver and at least a car battery to run it," but so far, no HH stations have checked in. Tuesday's quake was felt in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, and in Eastern Cuba, but no major damage was reported in either place.

The January 13 edition of The Daily DX reported that the Rev John Henault, HH6JH, made contact late Wednesday morning with the Intercontinental Assistance and Traffic Net (IATN) on 14.300 MHz; this is the IARU Global Center of Activity frequency for emergency communications. He said that he was safe, but had no power and no phone service. He was operating on battery power and hoping to get a generator running later in the day. The edition also noted that Pierre Petry, HH2/HB9AMO — who was in Cap Haitien (about 140 km north of Port-au-Prince) is "okay"; Petry is in Haiti working for the United Nations World Food Program. Later today, he will be traveling to the capital.

The UN's 9000 peacekeepers in Haiti — many of whom are from Brazil — were distracted from aid efforts by their own tragedy: Many spent the night hunting for survivors in the ruins of their headquarters. "It would appear that everyone who was in the building, including my friend Hedi Annabi, the United Nations' Secretary General's special envoy, and everyone with him and around him, are dead," French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Wednesday, speaking on French radio. UN peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy would not confirm that Annabi was dead, but said he was among more than 100 people missing in the rubble of its headquarters. He said only about 10 people had been pulled out, many of them badly injured. Fewer than five bodies had been pulled from the rubble, he said. The United Nations said the capital's main airport was "fully operational" and that relief flights would begin on Wednesday, January 13.

The situation in Haiti is still chaotic. More information will be posted as soon as possible. Information is being validated and shared between many amateur groups and news sources as it unfolds.


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Thank you for your membership and continued support of the American Association of Paging Carriers (AAPC). Our strength as an industry association is dependent on our members and over the past few years we have made significant progress with increased participation of both carriers and vendors. We strongly believe that the value of an AAPC membership relative to its cost has never been greater. In particular, we note just some of the benefits of membership:

  • Regular e-mail reminders and updates from Ken Hardman, AAPC counsel, regarding various regulatory and other required FCC filings;
  • As required filings with the FCC and/or meetings with FCC commissioners or regulatory personnel in response to various initiatives or potential rule making detrimental to our members, such as the proposed “Numbers”-based USF contribution methodology;
  • Access to a discussion forum that enables our members to ask questions and solicit immediate input from fellow members;
  • Access to the AAPC/EMMA Trading Post where members list available equipment for sale; o Listing as a local AAPC paging provider on the interactive online map to assist potential customers;
  • A significant registration discount for events such as the 2010 Global Paging Convention; and,
  • Exclusive access to committee protocols, presentations, and the U.S. Carriers Directory as well as FCC updates in the “Members Only” area of our comprehensive web site,

We are also working on initiatives that would allow our members to effectively offset some, if not all of the cost of membership by negotiating bulk purchasing arrangements. For example, we may negotiate a bulk rate for battery purchases where the rate paid by our largest member is significantly lower than the rate paid by our smaller members, thus providing a significant discount by consolidating member demand.

We would also like to let you know that this year’s Global Paging Convention is currently scheduled for June 16 -18 in Charleston, SC. If you participated in last year’s convention in Montreal, Canada, I am sure you will agree it was a tremendous success and we hope you seriously consider attending this outstanding event.

As a unified industry association it is our intent to advance both our industry and the business prospects and realities of our members. We hope you agree that the benefits of membership far outweigh the cost and with your continued involvement and support, AAPC will continue to be on the front line promoting your business and our industry.


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Daniels Electronics celebrates its 60 Anniversary

Victoria, B.C. Canada — January 11, 2010 — Daniels Electronics Ltd today announced the start of a year long celebration of its 60th anniversary leading up to the actual incorporation date on December 9th. The following history of the company is extracted from its website

Daniels Electronics was founded in 1938 by Gordon Daniels in Prince Rupert, a small fishing town along the northern coast of British Columbia. His business involved him personally hand-building radiotelephones for lease within the B.C. fishing industry. During World War II, the business was put on hold and following the war, Mr. Daniels re-established his commercial business.

Daniels Electronics was officially incorporated on December 9th, 1950. Throughout the 1950s, Gordon Daniels continued to produce AM radiotelephones in Prince Rupert. During the mid-1950s, the founder moved his family and the company's office to Victoria. Following the passing of the founder in 1962, his two sons, Terry and Ron established a growing manufacturing and marketing operation in two old buildings near the company's present location. Today, Terry Daniels is Chairman of the Board and Ron Daniels is a Board member.

A downturn in the fishing industry in the early 1980s presented challenges to companies selling marine radiotelephones. Fortunately, Daniels was able to diversify its business by winning a contract to manufacture a made-to-order mountain top radio repeater system for the British Columbia Department of Highways. Today the company continues to produce repeaters and base stations that are sold worldwide, however the products have evolved through seven technology generations and today incorporate the latest Software Defined Radio technology.

The company will be celebrating its 60th anniversary throughout 2010 with special events planned for the staff, industry and sales channel partners. To send Terry and Ron best wishes on this momentous milestone in the company’s history, e-mail

About Daniels Electronics Ltd.

Daniels Electronics Ltd. is an international leader in the design, manufacture and service of specialized radio communications equipment based upon North American standards. For the past 60 years Daniels has provided our customers in North America and internationally with highly reliable base stations, repeaters and paging equipment that is environmentally robust and operates in rugged and extreme temperature conditions where low current consumption is a key requirement. For more information about Daniels Electronics, visit


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Daniels Electronics Ltd.
(250) 382-8268

Source: Daniels Electronics Ltd.

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Smartphones aren't omnipresent, at least not yet

Published on Sunday, Jan 10, 2010

The New York Times

Given the craze around the iPhone, Motorola Droid, Palm Pre and Nexus One, it might seem that nearly everyone has a smartphone.

But according to Nielsen Co., roughly 82 percent of cell phones in use are limited-function phones, the kind that typically sell for less than $50 or are given away with a two-year service contract.

Now, sleek offerings from Samsung, LG and Motorola have attracted the attention of entrepreneurs and software companies hoping to market functions similar to those found on the iPhone.

These phones typically come loaded with a simple suite of applications selected by the carrier, such as puzzle games, a mobile e-mail application, a navigation application and an instant-messaging client.


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Industry Responds to Haiti Relief Efforts

By Andrew Berg
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wireless Week

The wireless industry has recognized its role in the massive worldwide response to help the Haitian people in the aftermath of the devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation on Tuesday.

Nearly every major carrier in the United States, as well as many around the world, are supporting some form of text-to-donate initiative. Verizon Wireless is encouraging customers to contribute to the American Red Cross, via mobile phone, to the Haiti earthquake relief effort. According to a press release, Verizon says customers can make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross by texting the word "HAITI" to 90999.

By this morning, Verizon Wireless reported that its customers alone had pledged more than $1 million to the effort. Spokesman Jeffrey Nelson said that yesterday was the single largest day in the history of mobile giving, adding that all signs point to an even larger amount today.

AT&T Wireless is promoting the same initiative, which was commissioned by the U.S. State Department and put in place by a company called mGive, a mobile company that powers a number of different social giving programs. mGive's chairman, James Eberhard, was awakened early Wednesday morning by the State Department, calling for the company to set up the campaign, according to an mGive spokesman.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking on CNN's "American Morning" today, said the program had already raised more than $3 million. She called the next 24 hours "critical to save those lives that can be saved" and said the United States was "moving as quickly as possible."

Haitian native and Blackeyed Peas frontman WyClef Jean also has started his own mobile giving operation. Jean has set up a page on his Yele Haiti Foundation Web site, which the musician created to fund scholarships for Haitian students. People can give to the foundation to help victims of the quake by texting "Yele" to 501501.

Meanwhile, emergency communications teams funded by the United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation are arriving in Haiti. UNF Chairman Ted Turner also committed $1 million to the relief effort and is appealing for additional funds to support the UN's emergency humanitarian assistance fund.

In a statement, Turner said that his group and the Vodafone Foundation will send two emergency response teams to rebuild communications infrastructure damaged by the quake. The importance of restoring communications on the island nation could be vital to finding any survivors.

In the interim, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is deploying 40 satellite terminals to re-establish basic communication links and a further 60 units with broadband capabilities are being dispatched along with experts to operate them.

According to a press release, ITU will also set up a Qualcomm Deployable Base Station (QDBS), a complete cellular system designed to enable wireless communications to help response and recovery teams. According to the release, ITU has allocated a budget of more than $1 million to strengthen the disaster response effort in Haiti.

Source: Wireless Week

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Motorola rethinking spin-off

by Erica Ogg
January 14, 2010 4:16 PM PST
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Motorola might not sell off its mobile phone and networking business unit after all, according to a report Thursday in The Wall Street Journal.

Unnamed sources have told the Journal that the business unit, which includes handsets and cable TV set-top boxes, hasn't elicited high enough bids from potential buyers. Motorola is looking for an offer in the range of $4 billion to $5 billion, but has so far received bids between $3 billion and $4 billion, the Journal reports.

The company is also reconsidering whether phones and set-top boxes need be kept together under the same roof, or sold off separately.

Motorola has been looking to split the company for a couple years. It first hatched the plan in early 2008 after several quarters of losses for its handset business. Even worse financial circumstances forced the company to delay the split--expected to be finalized during late 2009--even longer.

There is another round of bids for the phone and set-top unit scheduled to be delivered in mid-February, the Journal's sources say, so an attractive offer could still keep Motorola's original plan on track.

Source: C-Net News

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

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

[Portions reproduced here with the firm's permission.]

   Vol. 13, No. 2 x January 13, 2010   

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FCC Asks For One-Month Extension For Delivering National Broadband Plan

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has requested a one-month extension for delivery of the National Broadband Plan to Congress.

In separate January 7 letters to John D. Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas); Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; and Ranking Member Joe Barton (R-Texas), Genachowski listed “over 50 public workshops and field hearings, more than a dozen Public Notices, and significant hours devoted at Commission meetings to provide the public with updates on the Plan’s development” as reasons for the need for more time.

An extension to March 17, 2010, he said, would have no impact on the FCC budget or other ongoing Commission activities.

Robert McDowell, one of two Republicans on the Commission, expressed disappointment with the de-lay. "Once we receive a draft plan, I hope the document will reflect the benefit of the additional time be-ing taken to prepare it," McDowell said.

The day before Genachowski sent his letter to Congress, Senator Hutchison wrote in the Hill newspaper that the FCC’s “forthcoming report to Congress can be a catalyst for decisive action to bring the benefits of broadband technology to all Americans and to close the gap between the United States and other developed countries in the communications capabilities available to individuals and businesses. For that to happen, the Commission’s report must itself be bold and comprehensive.” BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, Mary Sisak, and John Prendergast.

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  • FCC tweaks auction rules.
  • Court affirms FCC order that ISP-bound traffic is interstate, interexchange.
  • NCTA allies back attack on USF high-cost support.
  • Comment sought on facilities siting recon request.
  • FCC names “Blogband” official part of record.

FCC Tweaks Auction Rules

The FCC has adopted an Order, in which it made two procedural amendments to its competitive bidding rules. First, the FCC amended the rule specifying how to report potential violations of section 1.2105(c), which prohibits certain communications between auction applicants (currently known as the “anti-collusion rule”). Currently, such reports are made both to the Division and to the Office of the Secretary of the Commission. However, the FCC realized that if an applicant is filing a report with the Secretary’s Office describing in detail a prohibited communication about its bids, bid strategies, or other restricted matters, other bidders may be able to review this filing, compounding any damage that may be done by the collusive communication. Therefore, the revised rule now provides that such reports shall be made as directed by public notice or, absent such direction, solely to the Auctions and Spectrum Access Division of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) by the most expeditious means available. This revised procedure is designed to reduce the risk that bidding-related information might be disseminated to auction applicants, which would be contrary to the purpose of section 1.2105(c).

The FCC also amended the heading of section 1.2105(c), thereby changing the name of the “anti-collusion rule” to the “prohibition of certain communications rule.” The Commission indicates that this name change is designed to reduce confusion because “collusion is a term used in many contexts, legal and economic”. It is not apparent that the term “collusion” is used in any other FCC contexts, and there is room for concern that the change to “prohibition of certain communications” may be used to expand the already broad reach of the anti-collusion prohibition. In recent years, the FCC has interpreted the rule to cover not only communications about bids and bidding strategies, but also any discussion that could theoretically “affect” the auction participation of an applicant. This has created an air of doubt as to whether applicants can have necessary discussions about important ongoing matters that are totally unrelated to the auction, such as interconnection negotiations. Time will tell if the anti-collusion rule name change will have the effect of further broadening the prohibition, even though the FCC’s order indicates that the rule revision “makes no change to the substance of the rule, or its interpretation or application.”

Second, the Commission has amended the rules specifying how quickly applicants must modify pending auction applications. The FCC now requires that such modifications be made within five business days after the reportable event occurs, or after the applicant becomes aware of the need to make an amendment or modification, whichever is later. This revision will enhance the usefulness of application information during the auction process and enable the Commission to respond promptly to changing circumstances if necessary. However, it will also require auction applicants to react quickly to any development that may arguably require reporting, or to risk a monetary fine or other sanctions for failure to timely report.

Reporting Potential Violations of Section 1.2105(c):

Subject to specific exceptions, section 1.2105(c) of the Commission’s rules prohibits applicants from cooperating or collaborating with respect to, discussing with certain other applicants, or disclosing to such other applicants, the substance of any applicant’s bids or bidding strategies, or discussing or negotiating settlement agreements. The rule’s prohibitions begin at the deadline for filing short-form applications to participate in an auction and end at the post-auction down payment deadline. Applicants making or receiving prohibited communications must report such communications in writing to the Com-mission immediately. The current rule provides that “[s]uch reports shall be filed with the Office of the Secretary, and a copy shall be sent to the Chief of the Auctions and Spectrum Access Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.”

The creation and filing of the required reports unavoidably creates a risk that information that the rule is intended to restrict may be disseminated inadvertently. The re-ports required under the rule themselves may constitute or contain information that applicants are otherwise barred from sharing. The Bureau has attempted to ad-dress this concern by advising applicants to request confidential treatment when filing reports. But he FCC has now concluded that it can further minimize the risk of in-advertent dissemination by requiring parties to file only a single report and to file that report with Commission personnel expressly charged with administering the Com-mission’s auctions. Accordingly, the FCC amended section 1.2105(c)(6) of its rules to provide that reports required by that section shall be filed as directed in the public notices that describe the procedures for the bid-ding that was the subject of the reported communication. If no public notice provides direction, such reports shall be filed with the Chief of the Auctions and Spectrum Access Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, by the most expeditious means available. The FCC de-legated to the Bureau the authority to specify how such reports shall be made.

Modifying Applications to Participate in Commission Auctions:

Section 1.65(a) of the rules currently obligates an applicant to maintain the accuracy and completeness of in-formation furnished in any application pending before the Commission and to notify the Commission “as promptly as possible and in any event within 30 days” of any substantial change that may be of decisional significance to that application. Failure to comply exposes an applicant to dismissal of its application and, potentially, enforcement action. Section 1.2105(b) contains additional rules specifically addressing the modification and dismissal of short-form applications in competitive bidding proceedings.

The FCC found that, in the context of competitive bidding for Commission construction permits and licenses, it is appropriate and reasonable to require that applicants furnish additional or corrected information more quickly than within 30 days. Most, if not all, information in auction applications is made available to the public and all auction participants during the auction. Auction participants may depend on ownership information in other participants’ applications when determining whether contact with a third party regarding potential financing is permissible under section 1.2105(c). In addition, if a change to an application could raise an issue as to the applicant’s continued eligibility to participate, the Bureau needs the information as soon as possible in order to consider whether to take any action and minimize disruption of the auction. Accordingly, through its public notices, the practice of the Bureau has been to require reports or amendments to short-form applications within a shorter interval than 30 days. The Bureau also has long required that any change that causes a loss of or reduction in eligibility for a bidding credit be reported “immediately.”

The FCC has now formalized its informal practice by amending sections 1.65(a) and 1.2105(b) of its rules to require applicants in competitive bidding proceedings to furnish additional or corrected information within five business days of a significant occurrence, or to amend their short-form applications no more than five business days after the applicant becomes aware of the need for amendment.

The FCC said the above rule amendments are procedural, and therefore have been adopted without a public rulemaking.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, Cary Mitchell, and Bob Jackson.

D.C. Circuit Affirms FCC’s Order That ISP-Bound Traffic Is Interstate, Interexchange

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has affirmed the FCC’s Nov. 5, 2008, order ruling ISP-bound traffic is interstate, interexchange traffic, and is covered by section 251(b)(5) of the Communications Act. The Court held that the FCC has authority under Section 201 to establish pricing rules for this traffic, and maintained the $0.0007 rate cap and the mirroring rule for ISP-bound traffic. In Core Communications v. FCC, the court consolidated petitions for review filed by Core, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC), and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

The Order arises out of the Commission’s concern with the results of applying the reciprocal compensation sys-tem to ISP-bound traffic. It was not long before some competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) saw the opportunity to sign up Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as customers and collect, rather than pay, compensation because ISP modems do not generally call anyone. In some instances, this led to classic regulatory arbitrage that: (1) created incentives for inefficient entry of CLECs intent on serving ISPs exclusively and not offering viable local telephone competition; and (2) produced large one-way flows of cash that made it possible for CLECs to pay their ISP customers to use their services.

The court said the Commission had provided a solid grounding for the differences between the treatment of inter-LEC compensation for delivery of dial-up internet traffic and the regime generally applicable to reciprocal compensation under section 251(b)(5) of the Communications Act. In the context to which reciprocal compensation is ordinarily applied, the court said that outgoing calls are generally balanced by incoming calls, so that it matters relatively little how accurately rates reflect costs. Such balance is utterly absent from ISP-bound traffic. Moreover, the court noted that the FCC found that the rates for ISP-bound traffic were so distorted that CLECs were in effect paying ISPs to become their customers. To the extent that ILECs simply passed the costs on to their customers generally (rather than having a separate charge for those making ISP-bound calls), they would force their non-Internet using customers to subsidize those making ISP-bound calls, and the system would send inaccurate price signals to those using their facilities for Internet access (in effect the ISPs and their customers) and to those not doing so. On the other hand, the Commission believed that its “failure to act . . . would lead to higher rates for Internet access, as ILECs seek to recover their reciprocal compensation liability . . . from their customers.” In other words, the court upheld the FCC’s finding that the continued application of the reciprocal compensation regime to ISP-bound traffic would “undermine[] the operation of competitive markets.”

While taking some shots at the FCC for its lengthy delays in resolving the dispute, the court saved its hardest slap for the petitioner Core. In rejecting Core’s argument that the FCC had not complied with the court’s 2008 mandamus order, the court stated: “In context it is perfectly plain that our order sought simply to have the FCC explain the reasoning underlying its exercise of authority, not to preempt its analytical route. The sort of argument made by Core here gives pettifoggery a bad name.”

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

NCTA Allies Back Attack On USF High-Cost Support

Early last month, the FCC asked for comment on the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s (NCTA’s) request to establish procedures to reduce the amount of universal service high-cost support provided to carriers in those areas of the country where there is extensive, unsubsidized facilities-based voice competition and where government subsidies no longer are needed to ensure that service will be made available to consumers (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, December 9, 2009). Comments were submitted last week, and clearly the rural industry opposed NCTA’s petition. It is instructive, however, to see the positions of NCTA’s members and allies:

Comcast, in its seven pages of comments, simply echoed NCTA’s argument and characterized it as “a thoughtful, creative step toward comprehensive reform of the Commission’s obsolete USF [Universal Service Fund] assistance programs.”

Time Warner Cable (TWC) strongly supported the NCTA petition, saying its adoption would help to reduce the bloated size of the USF, ensure that limited USF re-sources are directed to where they will be most useful, and facilitate the transition to potential broadband sup-port mechanisms. Accordingly, TWC said, as the Com-mission considers universal service reform, either in the context of the National Broadband Plan or more general-ly, it should adopt rules to implement NCTA’s proposals as one of its first steps toward establishing a more sustainable, efficient, and effective funding mechanism.

Sprint Nextel Corp. also supported the NCTA proposal but went further. It recommended that the current USF system recognize that multiple services are using the local loop and that 100% of the cost of this facility need not be attributed to the high cost fund. Instead, a portion of those costs should be recovered through the alternative revenue streams available to the ILEC through the provision of broadband and other services. Second, Sprint recommended that the FCC move away from carrier-based “supply-side” to more competitively neutral customer-based “demand-side” funding for any new broadband subsidy system. Specifically, Sprint proposes that demand be stimulated in rural areas and among low income groups through creation of a coupon program that encourages consumer adoption of broadband.

The American Cable Association (ACA), while lauding the NCTA plan, did draw a distinction with its own proposal. A primary difference between the ACA proposal and the NCTA proposal, it said, is that the ACA’s proposal allows for small carriers of 100,000 lines or less to continue to draw from the fund as they do today. While reform is obviously necessary, the FCC should proceed cautiously as it relates to small service providers, as the ACA did by including the 100,000-line exemption in its proposal.

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


COMMENT SOUGHT ON TOWER “SHOT CLOCK” RECON REQUEST: On December 17, 2009, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, the United States Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and the American Planning Association filed a petition requesting that the Commission reconsider or clarify its decision adopting a 30-day “shot clock” for tower/antenna siting proposals. Petitioners argue in their Petition that the Commission's adoption of a 30-day review period for local authorities to determine the completeness of a wireless facilities siting request exceeds its authority under its own interpretation, does not allow local authorities to toll the adopted time limits for other reasons, and will result in significant unintended consequences. The Petition also argues that the Commission did not provide affected parties the opportunity for input before adopting the 30-day review period. Comments in this WT Docket No. 08-165 proceeding are due January 22, and replies are due February 8. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Ri-chard Rubino.

FCC NAMES “BLOGBAND” OFFICIAL PART OF RECORD: On September 22, 2009, a public notice was released to explain the relationship of “Blogband,” a blog created to foster public dialog about the National Broad-band Plan, to the administrative record being developed in that proceeding. That public notice specified that Blogband is “hereby deemed to be part of the public record in GN Docket No. 09-51.” In addition to Blogband, the FCC has also launched an idea collaboration plat-form at to allow public feedback, comment, and discussion that will help the FCC in developing the best possible Plan. In creating this forum, the FCC recognizes the need to reconcile such innovative use of the Internet in communicating with the government with the more traditional requirement of creating an administrative record, (i) to give interested parties notice of other parties’ comments, and (ii) to allow the Commission to address significant issues. For the same reasons that Blogband was deemed to be part of the public record in this docket, postings on are also deemed to be part of the same public record. For this reason, interest-ed persons are advised to review not only ECFS and Blogband, but also to ensure that they are aware of all relevant views ex-pressed to the Commission concerning the National Broadband Plan. Further, because all material on is available for review by the public and because the FCC is treating postings on as a part of the public record in this proceeding, it is waiving Section 1.1206(b)(1) of its ex parte rules, 47 C.F. R. § 1.1206(b)(1), which would otherwise require that the postings on be submitted to the Commission’s Secretary for inclusion in the public record. Specifically, although the National Broadband Plan proceeding has been classified as “permit-but-disclose” for purposes of the ex parte rules, postings on need not be separately filed for inclusion in the public record. Accordingly, comments in the proceeding may be filed by using Blog-band, the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or submitting them at A simplified interface for ECFS has been implemented to facilitate consumer comment. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

GENACHOWSKI QUESTIONS VERIZON’s RESPONSE ON EARLY TERMINATION FEES: At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last Friday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said that Verizon Wireless needs to more clearly explain its early termination fees (ETFs)—i.e., its policies on fees it charges when customers cancel their cellphone services before the end of their contract, according to Reuters. The FCC is investigating a recent doubling of the ETF charged by Verizon Wireless, and has sent the carrier a list of questions in this regard (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, December 22, 2009). Asked to comment on Verizon Wireless’ filing addressing the inquiry, Genachowski told Reuters that he needs more information. "I thought that response raised more questions than it answered. The [Wireless Tele-communications Bureau] is looking into that," he said but declined to say what the FCC's next move would be in that case. Verizon Wireless had cited increasing costs for the rise in the ETF, Reuters said. "There's a very real level of consumer confusion around these areas," Genachowski said. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

GOOGLE REPORTEDLY NOW HAS ITS OWN EARLY TERMINATION FEE FOR NEXUS ONE: A Sprint-sponsored blog reports that Google is imposing its own Early Termination Fee (ETF), or what it calls an “Equipment Recovery Fee,” on its new Nexus One phone, for $350, if the customer cancels service within the first 120 days. This is in addition to any ETF fees imposed by the carrier. According to the blog, which looked at a recent T-Mobile service contract, “Nexus One owners who decide to end their service after a 14-day trial period is over but before four months have passed will be hit with upwards of $550 in fees — more than if you bought the phone outright from the start, especially when you factor in the upfront $180. There hasn't been enough time for someone to tempt fate, but who knows — come January 20th when early adopters' trial period ends, there might be some interesting stories abound.” This story may be worth watching.


HOW MAGICAL ARE MagicJack’s FREE CELL PHONE CALLS INSIDE THE HOME? According to, YMax, the company behind the magicJack, has made a new version of its Internet phone device that allows free calls from cell phones in the home, that may draw fire from cellular carriers. Yahoo says the new magicJack uses, without permission, radio frequencies for which cellular carriers have paid billions of dollars for exclusive licenses. Yahoo reports that YMax Corp., which is based in Palm Beach, Fla., said this week at the International Consumers Electronics Show that it plans to start selling the device in about four months for $40, the same price as the original magicJack. As before, it will provide free calls to the U.S. and Canada for one year. The device is, in essence, a very small cellular transceiver for the home. Yahoo’s description: The size of a deck of cards, it plugs into a PC, which needs a broadband Internet connection. The device then detects when a compatible cell phone comes within 8 feet, and places a call to it. The user enters a short code on the phone. The phone is then linked to the magicJack, and as long as it's within range (YMax said it will cover a 3,000-square-foot home) magicJack routes the call itself, over the Internet, rather than going through the carrier's cellular tower. No minutes are subtracted from the user's account with the carrier. Any extra fees for international calls are subtracted from the user's account with magicJack, not the carrier. According to YMax, the device will connect to any phone that uses the GSM standard, which in the U.S. includes phones from AT&T and T-Mobile USA. Most phones from Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp. won't connect to the device. YMax says the device is legal because wireless spectrum licenses don't extend into the home. Yahoo noted that U.S. carriers have been selling and experimenting with devices that act similarly to the wireless magicJack. They're called "femtocells." Like the magicJack, they use the carrier's licensed spectrum to connect to a phone, then route the calls over a home broadband connection. They improve coverage inside the home and offload capacity from the carrier's towers. But femtocells are complex products, because they're designed to mesh with the carrier's external net-work. They cost the carriers more than $200, though some sell them cheaper, recouping the cost through added service fees. YMax's magicJack is a much small-er, simpler design. Will the FCC have a problem with the possible unauthorized use of cellular/PCS channels? That issue must be resolved. Notably, the FCC has rejected efforts by users to claim dominion over cell frequencies in other contexts, such as at-tempts by theaters, restaurants, etc. to block cellular calls in their premises. The FCC has made it clear that cell phone jamming is illegal, even under such limited circumstances. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

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Private Users Update

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

[Portions reproduced here with the firm's permission.]

   Vol. 11, No. 1 x January 2010   

FCC Seeks Comment On Signal Booster Issues

The FCC seeks comment on three Petitions for Rulemaking and two Petitions for Declaratory Ruling regarding the proper use of signal boosters on frequencies licensed under Parts 22, 24, 27, and 90 of the Commission’s Rules. Signal boosters are devices that amplify and/or distribute wireless signals to areas with poor signal coverage, such as tunnels, subways, large buildings, and rural areas. When properly installed, these devices, which can either be fixed or mobile, can help consumers, wireless service providers, and public safety first res-ponders by expanding the area of reliable service to un-served or weak signal areas. However, improper installation and use of these devices can interfere with network operations and cause interference to a range of communication services. While FCC rules allow the use of signal enhancing devices, several parties have filed Petitions seeking clarification of or changes to Commission rules to address the proper use and regulation of these devices.

On August 18, 2005, Bird Technologies, Inc. filed a Petition for Rulemaking to amend section 90.219 to outline specific technical and operational requirements for the use of signal boosters by Part 90 licensees. Bird Technologies suggests that signal boosters should only be used with the full knowledge of licensees and that consumers should be made aware of the requirement to obtain licensee permission.

On November 2, 2007, CTIA-the Wireless Association (CTIA) filed a Petition for Declaratory Ruling regarding the proper use of signal boosters in Commercial Mobile Radio Services (CMRS). CTIA contends that harmful interference is being caused to CMRS networks by unauthorized and inappropriately installed signal booster devices, which impacts both commercial and public safety communications. CTIA urges the Commission to clarify that the sale or use of signal boosters without appropriate CMRS licensee consent is unlawful. The CTIA Petition also addresses the use of signal jamming devices, but the FCC is not seeking comment on this issue in this proceeding.

On September 25, 2008, Jack Daniel DBA Jack Daniel Company filed a Petition for Declaratory Ruling seeking clarification of the Commission’s rules regarding signal boosters. Generally, Mr. Daniel seeks clarification of the operational and technical limits that apply to Part 90 wideband signal boosters under the Commission’s rules. He alleges that the Commission’s rules and policies are being misinterpreted and that misconceptions exist in the marketplace. Mr. Daniel also requests that the Commission declare that it does not intend to regulate wideband signal boosters in such a manner to negate efforts by local governments and public safety entities to improve wireless coverage by mandating signal booster deployment.

On October 23, 2009, the DAS Forum (a membership section of PCIA—The Wireless Infrastructure Association) filed a Petition for Rulemaking in response to the CTIA Petition stating that a rulemaking proceeding is needed to address the marketing, installation, and operation of signal boosters used in the Cellular Radiotelephone and Personal Communications Services. It requests that the Commission explore the best methods of resolving interference issues without resorting to regulations that unnecessarily inhibit the sale and installation of signal boosters, such as requiring prior licensee consent, or hinder market innovations. The DAS Forum submits an Industry Code of Conduct as a reasonable structure for the development of rules to address the marketing and use of signal boosters and proposes that this Code can be easily incorporated in or cross-referenced by the Commission’s rules.

On November 3, 2009, Wilson Electronics, Inc. filed a Petition for Rulemaking asking the Commission to commence a proceeding to amend Part 20 of its rules to establish standards for the certification of signal boosters for subscriber use on CMRS networks by developing equipment certification requirements to ensure boosters are available to the public. Wilson states that the Com-mission, as opposed to wireless service providers, should adopt equipment certification requirements to ensure that signal boosters will not cause interference to network operations.

Comments in this WT Docket No. 10-4 proceeding are due February 5, and replies are due February 22.

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

AAA Seeks Approval For Frequency Coordination

On July 7, 2009, the American Automobile Association (AAA) filed an informal request for frequency coordination certification. On December 29, 2009, in response to a staff request for additional information, AAA filed a supplement to the request. AAA seeks certification to provide frequency coordination for Business/Industrial/Land Transportation (B/ILT) Pool frequencies in the 806-816/851-861 MHz and 896-901/935-940 MHz bands. The FCC seeks comment on AAA’s request.

In 1986, the Commission certified frequency coordinators in the private land mobile radio services. At this time, AAA was certified to coordinate certain frequencies be-low 512 MHz. In 1997, the Commission determined that the Industrial/Business Pool below 512 MHz would be administered by multiple coordinators, thus ending exclusive frequency coordination on certain frequencies and allowing competition to be introduced into the coordination process in those frequencies. The Wireless Tele-communications Bureau subsequently introduced competitive coordination to the 800 MHz and 900 MHz bands.

Noting that the Commission found it qualified to be certified for the Industrial/Business Pool below 512 MHz, AAA states that it is qualified, and meets the criteria to be certified, to coordinate applications for the 800/900 MHz B/ILT Pool. In this connection, AAA suggests that Indus-trial/Business systems below 512 MHz are similar to such systems above 800 MHz. Moreover, AAA states that granting the instant request would be in the public interest and consistent with the Commission’s statements in support of competition.

Comments in this WT Docket No. WT 10-3 proceeding are due February 4, and replies are due February 19.

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

FCC Addresses Maritime Reconsideration Petitions

The FCC has adopted a Memorandum Opinion and Or-der that addresses two petitions for reconsideration, filed respectively by AMTS Consortium LLC, Telesaurus VPC, LLC, Intelligent Transportation & Monitoring Wireless LLC, and Warren Havens, and by Northeast Utilities Ser-vice Company (NUSCO), of the Report and Order in the Maritime Services. The Report and Order provided VHF Public Coast (VPC) and Automated Maritime Telecommunications System (AMTS) licensees additional operational flexibility by permitting them to offer private correspondence service to units on land. The FCC denied Havens’s petition and granted NUSCO’s petition in part.

The Maritime Services, which include both VPC and AMTS services, provide for the unique distress, operational, and personal communications needs of vessels at sea and on inland waterways. The rules governing these services permitted VPC and AMTS stations to provide either public or private correspondence service to mari-time vessels, but only public correspondence service to units on land.

The Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making in this proceeding in response to petitions for rulemaking requesting amendment of the Commission’s Rules to provide VPC and AMTS licensees with certain additional operational flexibility, primarily the ability to provide private correspondence service to units on land on a non-interconnected basis. The Commission pro-posed to revise the Part 80 rules to permit VPC and AMTS licensees to provide private land mobile radio (PLMR) services, but declined to propose other rule changes, including permitting VPC geographic licensees to choose whether to provide maritime public correspondence service, and elimination of various Part 80 regulatory obligations (particularly Part 80 equipment standards). The Commission was concerned that the requested revisions could undermine the core purpose of the Maritime Services and create a de facto reallocation or otherwise remove spectrum from the maritime community.

In the Report and Order, the Commission amended its rules to permit private correspondence service to units on land. It also eliminated the interconnection requirement for AMTS stations providing private correspondence service. The Commission noted that demand to use the allocated frequencies for maritime public correspondence had decreased, partly due to mariners’ increased access to cellular, PCS, and satellite services, while demand for PLMR services, including public safety and traditional dispatch services, had increased. It further noted that many VPC and AMTS geographic licensees are authorized to provide service in areas remote from coasts or navigable waterways and should be allowed to put to use this excess capacity in order to promote spectrum efficiency.

The Commission declined to remove certain regulatory requirements in order to, inter alia, permit VPC or AMTS licensees offering land mobile radio communications to operate in conformance with the Part 22 or Part 90 rules, rather than the Part 80 requirements. The Commission reaffirmed its commitment to ensure that VPC and AMTS services primarily benefit the maritime community, and explained that eliminating such a requirement would create a risk of a de facto reallocation of this spectrum from maritime to land mobile use.

The Commission also denied Havens’s request that it clarify that Section 80.123(d) of the Commission’s Rules permits VPC and AMTS licensees that provide service to units on land to use base station equipment approved under Part 22 or Part 90. The Commission explained that the rule requires VPC and AMTS base station equipment to be certified under Part 80, and permits only land mobile units operating in conjunction with such base stations to be authorized under Parts 22 or 90.

In addition, the Commission rejected Havens’s argument that the new operational flexibility for AMTS licensees to provide private correspondence service to units on land should be accorded only to AMTS geographic licensees, but not to site-based incumbent AMTS licensees. The Commission noted, however, that the rules did not previously differentiate between site-based and geographic AMTS licensees in terms of operational flexibility, and concluded that there was no basis for such divergent treatment.

The FCC noted that Havens requests reconsideration with respect to whether licensees operating in areas with no navigable waterways should be permitted to use Part 90 base station equipment, and whether the new operational flexibility accorded by the Report and Order should apply to site-based incumbent AMTS licensees. NUSCO requested a clarification that the Report and Order “serves to finalize” the rule waiver granted to NUSCO to operate a private system serving units on land on AMTS spectrum.

Havens Petition. The Report and Order denied Havens’s request that Section 80.123(d), which provides that “Radio equipment used on land must be certified for use under part 22, part 80, or part 90,” be interpreted to permit licensees serving units on land to use Part 22 or Part 90 base station equipment. The Commission clarified that Section 80.123(d) permits only AMTS and VPC land mo-bile units, but not base stations, to be approved under Part 22 or Part 90. The FCC concluded that because the Havens petition seeks what would amount to an amendment of the rule, the request is beyond the scope of the Report and Order, and therefore cannot be addressed in the context of a petition for reconsideration. Havens will have to file a petition for rulemaking to pursue the matter further.

Havens also requested reconsideration of the FCC decision to accord the new operational flexibility to incumbent site-based AMTS licensees as well as geographic AMTS licensees. Havens said it is unfair to afford site-based incumbents the same operational flexibility as geographic licensees, because geographic licensees have a more extensive coverage requirement. The FCC said it is not persuaded by this argument. As the Report and Order noted, the Commission has always afforded AMTS site-based licensees the same flexibility as site-based licensees, including the flexibility to serve units on land. Any imbalance that Havens perceives with respect to their construction and coverage requirements is irrelevant to the issue of whether to treat site-based and geographic AMTS licensees consistently in terms of their operational requirements.

NUSCO Petition. In 2005, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau’s Public Safety and Critical Infrastructure Division granted NUSCO a waiver of Sections 20.9, 80.5, 80.123, and 80.475 of the Commission’s Rules to permit it to use AMTS spectrum for PLMR operations in support of its utility services, conditioned on the outcome of this proceeding. NUSCO now seeks clarification that the Report and Order did not affect its operating privileges under this waiver. In the alternative, NUSCO seeks reconsideration of the Report and Order to the extent necessary to finalize the waiver with no further action required by NUSCO.

The FCC now clarifies that operations commenced pursuant to the waiver that conform with the rules adopted in the Report and Order may continue with no additional authorization; to the extent, however, that the operations of NUSCO (or other entities operating pursuant to similarly conditioned waivers) conflict with the rules adopted in the Report and Order, those operations may not continue until they are brought into compliance. If any such waiver recipient believes that it cannot comply with any requirement of the rules, it must request a separate waiver.

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

FCC Reduces Forfeiture For Nevada Yellow Cab

The FCC has issued a monetary forfeiture in the amount of $6,000 to Nevada Yellow Cab Corp. DBA Yellow Cab, licensee of Private Land Mobile radio station KNNU518, in Las Vegas, Nevada, for willful and repeated violation of Section 1.903(a) of the Commission’s Rules. On December 19, 2008, the Enforcement Bureau’s Los Angeles Office issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) in the amount of $12,000 to Nevada Yellow Cab for operating station KNNU518 on 152.375 MHz and 157.635 MHz, frequencies not authorized by its license, and by operating station KNNU518 from a location not authorized by its license. The FCC considered Nevada Yellow Cab’s arguments that it made a good faith effort to comply with Rules prior to the inspection by the Los Angeles Office, and that it has a history of compliance with the Commission’s Rules.

Nevada Yellow Cab does not dispute the facts recited in the NAL. Instead it argues that it made numerous at-tempts to amend its license and had contracted with an outside company in 2006 to ensure that the required amendments to the license were made. When Nevada Yellow Cab discovered in April 2008 that its radio operation was not properly licensed, it terminated its relation-ship with the company it was dealing with and in June 2008 contracted with another company which had commenced frequency coordination prior to the Los Angeles agent’s inspection. This company ultimately succeeded in coordinating and filing an application with the Commission, however, no application was filed until after the Los Angeles agent’s inspection on October 9, 2008.

Reductions of proposed forfeitures based on good faith efforts to comply generally involve situations where violators demonstrated that they initiated measures to correct or remedy violations, or that they had established compliance programs in place, prior to the Commission’s involvement. The FCC found that Nevada Yellow Cab’s efforts prior to the inspection by the Los Angeles agent warrant a substantial good faith reduction. Consequent-ly, the FCC reduced the proposed forfeiture to $8,400.

Nevada Yellow Cab also appears to contend that it has a history of overall compliance with the Commission’s Rules. The FCC agreed. Consequently, it further reduced the proposed forfeiture to $6,000. Nevada Yellow Cab also states that its operations are now in compliance with it licenses. The Commission has stated in the past that a licensee is expected to correct errors when they are brought to the licensee’s attention and that such corrections are not grounds for a downward adjustment in the forfeiture.

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

FCC Denies TSPA Request To Relax Tower Siting Rules

The FCC has denied the 2005 Petition for Reconsideration of the NPA Report and Order filed by the Tower Siting Policy Alliance (TSPA). In the NPA Report and Order, the Commission adopted and codified the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement Regarding the Section 106 National Historic Preservation Act Review Process (NPA), which governs the review of proposed communications facilities for their effects on historic properties under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA). The TSPA does not challenge the NPA as a whole, but it seeks reconsideration of six dis-crete provisions or sets of provisions within the NPA.

The FCC declined to adopt on reconsideration any of the proposed changes to the NPA that are put forth in the TSPA petition. The TSPA contends that: (1) the NPA provisions mandating archeological field surveys for most undertakings are burdensome and should be amended; (2) the requirement to invite Tribes and Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHOs) to participate in considering pro-posed undertakings within certain exclusions is burden-some and unjustified; (3) the requirement to do more than review records maintained by the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) or Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) to identify historic properties of religious and cultural significance to Tribes and NHOs that may be visually affected by undertakings is burdensome and unjustified; (4) the standard for protecting the confidentiality of information significant to Tribes and NHOs is overly broad and exceeds the requirements of the NHPA and of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s (ACHP’s) rules; (5) the NPA improperly enables consult-ing parties to block Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs) regarding mitigation of adverse effects; and (6) the NPA should be amended to add a provision for designating a lead agency where more than one federal agency is involved in an undertaking, consistent with Section 800.2(a)(2) of the ACHP’s rules.

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

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

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  • Load Shedding and Electrical Services Control

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

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  • Variety of sizes Indoor/outdoor
  • Integrated paging receiver

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

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

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Mobile Data Terminals & Two Way Wireless  Solutions

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  • Fleet tracking, messaging, job processing, and field service management Automatic vehicle location (AVL), GPS
  • CDMA, GPRS, ReFLEX, conventional, and trunked radio interfaces
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4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
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Terminals & Controllers:
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1 Skydata Model 5090 Uplink Power Control
1 Skydata Model 8360 MSK Modulator
8 Skydata Multi Channel Receivers - NEW
1 Gilat Transmitter
2 Gilat Skyway ODU Controller
2 Rad RSD-10
3 Gilat Satellite Transmitter
2 Gilat Skymux Controller
8 Skymux Expansion
2 Gilat Transmitters
2 GL3100 RF Director
30 Zetron Model 66 Controllers
Link Transmitters:
6 Glenayre GL C2100 Link Repeaters
1 Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
1 Glenayre QT4201, 25W Midband Link TX
3 Glenayre QT-6201, 100W Midband Link TX
3 Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
2 Motorola 30W, Midband Link TX (C42JZB6106AC)
VHF Paging Transmitters
14 Motorola Nucleus 125W, NAC
3 Motorola Nucleus 350W, NAC
1 Motorola VHF PURC-5000 125W, ACB or TRC
10 Glenayre GLT8411, 250W, VHF TX
UHF Paging Transmitters:
24 Glenayre UHF GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
2 Quintron QT-7795, 250W UHF, w/TCC & RL70 Rx.
3 Motorola PURC-5000 110W, TRC or ACB
3 Motorola PURC-5000 225W, ACB
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
3 Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W
20 Glenayre GLT-8500, 250W, C2000, w/ or w/o I20
4 Motorola PURC 5000, 300W, DRC or ACB
3 Motorola PURC 5000, 150W, DRC or ACB

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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)

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Paging Data Receiver (PDR)


  • 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
  • Eight contact closure version also available
  • Product customization available

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  • Please see our web site for other products including Internet Messaging Gateways, Unified Messaging Servers, test equipment, and Paging Terminals.
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Alaska broadcasters serve as testing ground for nation's emergency alert system

Associated Press Writer
January 7, 2010 | 6:23 a.m.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Radio listeners and TV viewers in Alaska witnessed the first national emergency exercise of its kind Wednesday morning, but the test ran into distribution problems around the state.

Radio and television broadcasters participated in a live statewide test of the nation's Emergency Alert System, which employed a never-used code that would be applied in a national crisis. Cable providers also were supposed to receive the message, but at least one major company said the procedure bypassed them.

"A national emergency action notification has been issued for: District of Columbia, DC," ran a red message banner at the top of the television screen to stations not beset by several reported glitches.

Filling the rest of the screen was a scene of a snowy, wooded mountain, superimposed by a large red stop sign and the words, "Chill! It is just a drill."

The 10 a.m. Alaska Standard Time test will help officials prepare for a future national exercise not yet scheduled, according to state and federal officials.

"We will need some time to analyze the results, but we intend to move quickly to improve the system," Jamie Barnett, chief of the Federal Communications Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, said afterward in a statement.

The three-minute airing — activated from Washington, D.C., by the Federal Emergency Management Agency — was unlike regular periodic tests aired by broadcasters in communities or within state lines. It was the first official activation of the Emergency Action Notification code, to be activated nationwide only by the White House to give the president access to airwaves during a real crisis.

The alert system has been in place since the mid-1990s, replacing an older emergency communications system.

The president's notification code has never been activated for any crisis, said Damon Penn, FEMA's assistant administrator of National Continuity Programs. The code would be crucial in a widespread disaster, so even 9/11 didn't trigger it, he said.

"It was not deemed necessary to issue a nationwide alert," he said. "That disaster did not limit any communications."

Officials considered the test "absolutely successful," with a few anomalies found as expected, said Bryan Fisher, chief of operations at the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Some broadcasters did not receive the signal in time and others got a weak connection or only the audio portion of the exercise.

For example, statewide cable provider GCI — with 130,000 subscribers — didn't receive the initial launch signal, although it did get the disconnect signal, according to company spokesman David Morris. He said the company learned later Wednesday that FEMA sent out the wrong message.

"The signal they put out reached primary listeners, like broadcasters, but not secondary receivers like cable companies," Morris said. "It's better to figure these things out during the test period rather than in an actual national emergency."

Participants will spend the next weeks, or even months, working through the problems, Fisher said. He said glitches could be blamed on various factors, such as old equipment or flaws with programming or audio levels.

Participant said the exercise has been in the planning since September. The Alaska Broadcasters Association developed public service announcements on the exercise that began airing Dec. 21, said the association's executive director, Darlene Simono.

Alaska was chosen for the initial test run for several reasons, Fisher said. Alaska is well-versed in similar exercises conducted through the national public warning system to test tsunami warnings and Amber Alerts within the largest state in the country.

Alaska's extreme isolation also cuts down on the chance of the test reaching beyond state lines and potentially causing confusion, Fisher said.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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From: Craig Meldrum
Subject: Is Paging Dead
Date: January 10, 2010 2:57:15 PM CST
To: Brad Dye
Cc: George Rishfeld

Hi Brad

If paging is dead no-one told us or our customers.

WiPath ( has just completed its biggest year ever with shipments of its paging data terminals and paging data receivers triple the previous year. More and more fire departments are switching to digital paging from the old analogue voice pagers and our customers such as public utlilities, public transport and college campuses are recognizing the effectiveness of instantaneous wide area broadcast messaging. Some of the more forward thinking paging carriers have recognized that the technology they employ is capable of far more than just sending messages to a belt worn pager.

WiPath led the world in the introduction of large display format, intelligent paging receivers capable of being easily read on a desktop or vehicle dash board and continues to lead in a variety of specialized uses for paging technology including full-network message logging and redirection, wireless LED sign systems, wide area messaging and siren systems, paging controlled wirelessly synchronized clock systems and many different remote control applications.

Our OEM business supplying intelligent paging data receivers to enable other manufacturers to "paging enable" their own equipment is growing very quickly and is a clear indication of how those in the paging business need to expanding their views of what paging is about. Some of our OEM customers include companies reporting weather, emergency alerts such as Tsunami warning systems, remote traffic light control and irrigation control systems. We have even created a medium range two-way paging system for one carrier using one-way POCSAG paging equipment.

In 2010 WiPath has plans to expand its North American operations with new facilities and increased staff numbers and looks forward to continuing to support its expanding customer base with even more new and innovative products, some of which will be introduced at IWCE in March.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards


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WiPath Communications

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From: Bob Popow
Subject: Paging Technology 1-12-10
Date: January 12, 2010 8:26:36 AM CST
To: Brad Dye


spacer I’d like to make a few comments to the January 8, 2010 article you had in the Newsletter titled “Pager Technology-Dead or Alive? Pager Plus Leads the Way”

spacer Since I am an early retiree from Motorola after almost 25 years having left in 2001 I feel I have some knowledge of the overall issue, having spent my last 9 years with the Motorola Paging Group, which was headquartered in Boynton Beach, Florida.

spacer I have also been “involved” in the paging industry since my early retirement (see

spacer Paging “Technology” is not dead! The “Technology” with the “infrastructure” backbone of either FLEX or POCSAG base stations spread out over a vast territory, a regional territory, or nationwide…offers a variety of applications to those that are looking for a proven technology that can “deliver a message”, or “deliver a command” for “something to do something.” Sounds complicated . . . it’s not! The Derivative Technology Division (DTD) of Motorola back in the late 90’s was pushing precisely that. . . “People paging people, People paging things, Things paging Things”!!

spacer When I say “deliver a command for “something” to do something”…picture a base station on top of a mountain that needs to be “turned off . . . and then on” (reset). Rather than sending a technician up to that mountain top or to that remote antenna site . . . simply send a page (via a Paging Telemetry Device such as the Daviscomms TMR) and tell the base station to turn itself off . . . and then back on.

spacer Our telemetry devices (Telemetry Messaging Receivers – TMR) have been used for years in the LED signage industry (high noise environments where broadcasted voice notices cannot be heard), sports bars to display a message (sports scores in a box on the bottom part of TV’s), Leased Car Industry (lease a car . . . make payments…no problem. Lease a car, miss a payment . . . a page (via TMR) is sent to the vehicle turning a notice “light’ on. If payment is not made within specified period of time . . . page is sent to vehicle to “disable” the ignition. Want the vehicle to start…make the payment. Once made…page is sent to vehicle to “enable” the ignition). School Zones using TMR’s to turn “Yellow Caution lights on during student releases.” Other applications are numerous and only limited by one’s imagination.

spacer The article states that “leading pager manufacturers like “MOTOROLA” or Apollo are still releasing new technologies . . . etc. It is important to note that Motorola has not manufactured a pager in almost 7 years! Any of the older Motorola pagers that are still in existence (LX line, Advisor Gold and Elite) are mostly refurbished units that are still operating. Remember…as I have pointed out many times…once any component of a UL Certified Device is replaced with “other than the Original Manufacturer’s part . . . it no longer carries that UL Certification.

spacer Motorola does market a product that is built by a Contract Manufacturer out of Asia.

spacer There are NO pager manufacturers left in the USA.

spacer Our MS ISO 9001:2000 factory is in Malaysia and many former Motorola employees staff that facility. In addition the Managing Director and Executive Director of Daviscomms (S) Pte. Ltd, in Singapore, are also former Motorola employees with a vast amount of knowledge and experience in this industry.

spacer Some websites still carry the “Bravo 500”, as an example. Daviscomms was building that product for Motorola prior to them exiting the business 7+ years ago, but we stopped building that at about the same time. Any of those still out there are probably not very “new” and may even be refurbished. We do not actively support the refurbishment business, on purpose. Customers want and expect very high quality, zero-defects product. That is the only kind of product we will ship.

spacer As our continuing ads in your Newsletter point out….the Daviscomms line of FLEX/POCSAG Numeric (Br502) and Alphanumeric (Br802) are still the “top of the line” choice for users throughout the world. In addition our FLEX/ POCSAG Telemetry Messaging Receivers (TMR) are being used by imaginative people/industries to deliver a message/function, wherever needed. We welcome the opportunity to serve anyone interested in pursuing these expanded uses of a “Message Delivering Industry”, in addition to those still needing the basic Numeric and Alphanumeric “on the belt’ Paging Device.


Bob Popow
Director of Operations
Daviscomms USA, Inc
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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From: Jim Page
Date: January 13, 2010 4:26:11 PM CST
To: Brad Dye
Subject: Re: Is Paging Technology Dead?

Hi Brad,

Paging continues to enjoy under-appreciated characteristics...

One Way paging...

a)  Best signaling integrity with simulcast overlapping coverage.  Particularly important in buildings. 3G systems drop calls like Dolphin wide receivers.  You think startup 4G networks will be better?  They'll be worse.
b)  Greatest broadcast capability ... should ultimately make paging the advertising medium of choice.  Is anyone at Google listening out there? 
c)  Most communications on the planet are actually 1-way ... TV, books, ads, fax, alerts, etc.  Even the Internet is not real-time two-way but rather time-delayed one-way. 
d)  Best battery life characteristics with battery saving signaling protocols.
e)  Lowest cost provider. 
f)  Most efficient user of spectrum ... changes in regulatory environment enabled holders of globs of spectrum to damage the business of folks with slices of spectrum. The "slice managers" are more efficient than the "glob managers" yet the FCC rewarded the inefficient as they wanted to auction off more globs and raise money.  Slice managers should be incented for using spectrum efficiently, not penalized.  When the FCC wakes up, this will become a paging strength.
g)  Best possible Civil Defense service ever created.

2-Way paging

a)  Greatest narrowcast capability.  Notice the social networks on the internet are mostly small group dynamics which should lend themselves to SMs on 2-way paging networks.  Rim seems intent on the business world and they're doing quite well.  Why leave small group messaging to the i-phone?  2-way paging is losing by default in the biggest growth market on the planet.  Paging is not dead.  Paging marketing, or the lack of it, is choking paging off.
b)  Best control technology with wireless signaling opening and closing circuits.  Control your house, your car, your business.  Government could control their lighting, traffic, water, etc. I still await the explosion in paging controlled electronic signs...
c)   2-way paging should be the wireless gaming media of choice ... extend your play to anyone in the US in real time.  Another small group dynamics application. 
d)  Wireless toys as educational tools that also entertain.  Again, the small group concept with kids interacting with toys, toys interacting with kids, and toys interacting with each other.
e)  Control your school.  Administration types SMing each other, student types SMing each other.  Student project teams sharing information wirelessly.  Teachers on call to answer questions etc.  I once tested this at a magnet school and it was extremely well received.
f)  Unsecured military communications.  Again, small group dynamics.  Could be made secure, though.

Those are some of mind.  I'm sure I left some out.  Start with what is already successful in the larger society and then apply paging technology to it.  Right now, the social networks and Blogospheres are pointing to HUGE opportunities.  But someone will have to go get them or they will go by default to cellular.

Good luck.

Jim Page

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From: Rob Lockhart
Subject: Following up on Jimmy's reply ...
Date: January 15, 2010 6:12:13 AM CST
To: Brad Dye

Following up on Jim's message and an earlier one ...

There're four corners to the paging horse men ... people paging people, people paging things, things paging things, and people paging things. Motorola identified these in the mid-80s as we started to push computer-aided paging automation of things like OSMAC (an automatic sprinkler system control) and took them into the early '90s with Alert Central where security systems and high roller gamblers triggered trip points that alerted customer service reps to take notice and help. I personally tied Alert Central to my home security system to get alerts when something disturbed things ... real piece of mind when I was on the road and my wife was home alone. With the advent of ReFlex®, we gained two way capability and "things paging things" gained a whole new meaning ... even home power meter reading becomes an online thing. To me (and I'm not as eloquent as Jimmy), these "things" applications and their variants are the future.

Rob Lockhart
(once a Paging Motorolan and author of quite a few PCIA/AAPC protocols and now)
Systek Labs, Inc

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