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AAPC Wireless Messaging News

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FRIDAY - MAY 21, 2010 - ISSUE NO. 408

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Greetings from Southern Illinois. For many years this area of the state has been called Little Egypt.

Southern Illinois (also known as "Little Egypt") is the extreme southern region of Illinois. With the area code 618, the southern part of Illinois is geographically, culturally, and economically different from the rest of the state. Settled by migrants from the Upland South, historically it was more affiliated with the southern agricultural economy and rural culture. Southern Illinois is culturally affiliated with western Kentucky, southwestern Indiana, and eastern Missouri.

The French were the first Europeans to reach Illinois in about 1673. When they arrived, the Indians welcomed them. It was French explorers who gave Illinois its name by referring to the land where the Illini Indians lived as the Illinois.

Some historians say the nickname "Egypt" arose in the 1830s, when poor harvests in the north of the state drove people to Southern Illinois to buy grain. Others say that the similarity of the land of the great Mississippi and Ohio River valleys were like that of Egypt’s Nile delta. [source]

My ancestors came down the Ohio river, on a raft, to Shawneetown, Illinois in 1851. They then traveled overland to Wayne County, Illinois where they “homesteaded” or built their homes and began farming. My grandfather on my father's side was a schoolteacher and farmer. My grandfather on my mother's side was also a farmer, and later in life was the warden of a state penitentiary.

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Jerry Creasey has eight towers in East Tennessee:

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Shipments To Carriers
Actual Sales To End-Users?

Today [5/19/2010], Gartner released first quarter 2010 worldwide mobile phone sales data, and it's the set that matters. Unlike IDC or manufacturers like Apple, Gartner tracks actual sales to users rather than shipments to carriers or retailers. Shipment data is less accurate, because of unsold inventory in the channel. Based on sales, Apple ranked No. 7 in worldwide mobile handset sales, just behind sagging Motorola. That's for all phones, not just smartphones.

The rest of this enlightening article follows below.

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Don't miss the Paging Equipment For Sale in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section. This sale of paging equipment continues. It will all be gone soon. Please check the list to see if there is anything there you need. Remember a complete unit is the ideal way to get spare parts—which are getting much harder to find.

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

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

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


Editorial 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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Brad Dye, Ron Mercer, Allan Angus, and Vic Jackson are friends and colleagues who work both together and independently, on wireline and wireless communications projects. Click here  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.

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The table below is an example of one entry in our Paging Service Provider Directory. It can be accessed by clicking on Carrier Directory at the top or bottom of any newsletter or on any page in the Paging Information Resource web site. ( Please check your company's listing for accuracy. Of course if your company is not listed, please send me the information to fill-in the blanks. This is no charge for this service.

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SMS: The gateway to mobile advertising

May 11, 2010 — 2:18pm ET
By Lynnette Luna


The theory that SMS usage would decline with the advent of more sophisticated messaging technologies associated with smartphones has become popular over the last few years. But this simple, robust technology refuses to lie down, continuing to drive revenues for operators and spurring innovative ways for advertisers to reach their targeted audiences.

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The CTIA numbers on Americans' monthly SMS messaging shows the service's dramatic growth during the past 10 years.

Plain and simple, SMS is enabled on nearly 100 percent of the world's phones. While smartphones receive much of the attention because of their rich graphics and browsing capabilities, they still only represent a minority of users worldwide said Jeff Hasen, chief marketing officer with mobile marketing firm HipCricket. At the same time, the number of text messages sent in the US in 2009 reached 1.56 trillion, according to the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA). In 2008, Americans sent just over 1 trillion.

"The average age of a mobile customer engaging in text messaging is now 38 and it's getting older each year," said Hasen.

Meanwhile, SMS advertising has matured since short codes came on the scene in a big way in 2004. HipCricket now has some 50,000 SMS advertising campaigns under its belt since that time.

"SMS advertising has advanced to a point that brands are not seeing SMS as a one-off anymore, but a strategy to build engagement," Hasen said.

Six years ago, consumers didn't know what a short code was, which was evident when one candy company tried putting them in 1 million candy wrappers with very little response. Today, short codes are now an integrated piece of any traditional advertisement, and consumers are responding to them, Hasen said.

A recent report from Local Media Search indicated that "SMS marketing is more versatile and effective than the traditional Internet with response rates that are often two times to 10 times higher." JP Morgan put the total U.S. mobile advertising for 2009 at $2.6 billion, an increase of 62 percent. About $2.3 billion of that was from text messaging. This year, the firm forecasts mobile advertising to grow 45 percent to $3.8 billion, with $3.2 billion attributable to SMS advertising.

A survey from Forrester Research says marketers rely on text messaging in various forms, with 56 percent using text for sweepstakes, voting or trivia contests. Mobile coupons also resonate, with 44 percent of marketers using them as a direct-response method that can be measured for effectiveness.

For instance, SMS users may send text messages for a chance to win certain prizes. In exchange, the advertiser receives a slew of new opted-in users who can be remarketed to. Jiffy Lube in Iowa offered radio listeners a chance to win free oil changes for a year along with a mobile coupon for discounts on various services. Of those who redeemed the mobile coupon, about 50 percent were new customers.

Hasen said some brands have now amassed databases of up to 200,000 consumers who are interested in occasionally receiving new text messages for the brand.

ABI Research urges marketers not to ignore text messaging as it pertains to the desire of consumers to obtain information about schedule activities, their finances and other personal concerns.

"They are willing to give up their mobile phone numbers in exchange for relevant information," ABI Research said. "This is an ongoing and sometimes overlooked opportunity for marketers to either provide these alerts directory or sponsor ones that media companies already offer ... Smart marketers will see text message alerts as an effective method for engaging with their customers on a regular basis. The must be careful to respect these customers, of course, by avoiding bombarding them with spam. But relevant text alerts can become a key tool in a successful mobile marketer's tool box."

SMS is quickly becoming a launch pad for more sophisticated and branded experiences on the mobile device. Hasen said many of HipCricket's SMS campaigns now link to a richer experience on a mobile web site. "Advertisers can can make the reach through SMS but want to deliver a more branded experience," Hasen said. "A brand will use SMS as a foundation piece and add an app, mobile web or display ad. The key thing is that we started with SMS to initiate the whole thing."

Thomas Labarthe, vice president of mobile advertising with Alcatel-Lucent, suggests brands will take that concept even further. He said brands have an opportunity to tie SMS advertising with more lucrative mobile web actions such as mobile payments, web browsing, apps calls to action and location-based services. Alcatel-Lucent recently introduced its Optism Mobile Advertising Solution that links operators and their customers to advertising partners uses and SMS and MMS to reach audiences with permission and preference mechanisms.

"Although messaging may seem a bit old fashioned at first sight, advertisers now understand the potential of adding creative call-to-actions to this type of marketing format, leveraging the rich features of mobile phones," Labarthe said. "The volumes of people who use messaging is enormous. SMS might be their first introduction to more complex mobile services."

In February, French operator SFR launched on offering it calls "mobile street marketing," that enables retailers brands to send text messages to 3 million opt-in SFR subscribers in a 200 meter radius around their retail locations. The advertisement SMS can then be linked to a mobile website the gives more detail about the retail offer. SFR said its experiments of the service last year showed click-through rates of more than 8 percent. Initially, the service is available in Paris but will be extended nationwide by the end of 2010, SFR said.

With the ability to continually glean more detailed information about subscribers, Labarthe said operators and marketers can begin crafting more complex mobile services that are highly targeted and relate to a subscriber's preferences.

Source: FierceWireless

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Cellphone cancer study inconclusive; researcher urges more study

By Cecilia Kang
May 16, 2010; 3:41 PM ET
The Washington Post (blog)

A large international study into the link between cellphone use and two kinds of brain cancer produced inconclusive results, according to a report to be released Tuesday in Geneva.

But researchers of the report noted flaws in the methodology of the long-awaited study. And they urge more investigation into the topic to account for how cellphone use is affecting the health of youths, who are among the fastest growing population of cellphone users. The head researchers of the project said the behavior of cellphone users has changed since the study was launched in 2000, which calls for fresh research on the topic. The study's results echo past research that the cellphone industry has cited for nearly two decades — a murky picture that there is not a conclusive link between cellphone use and cancer nor conclusive results that such a connection isn't possible.

The U.S. was not a participating member of the 13-nation long-term epidemiological study.

The survey of almost 13,000 participants found cellphone use didn't increase the risk of developing meningioma — a common and frequently benign tumor — or glioma — a rarer but deadlier form of cancer.

The 10-year study, which was conducted by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, concluded there were "suggestions" that heavy use could increase the risk of glioma but "biases and error prevent a causal interpretation" that would directly blame cellphone radiation for the tumor.

Heavy use was defined as 30 minutes or more of calls a day.

But the leaders of the project acknowledged that the study had flaws.

They said one source of possible inaccuracies was the fact that participants were asked to remember how much and on which ear they used their mobiles over the past decade. Results for some groups showed cellphone use appeared to lessen the risk of developing cancers, something the researchers described as "implausible."

"This was a very complex study, and results were very difficult to interpret because of a number of methodological issues," said Elisabeth Cardis at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, who led the group of 21 international scientists conducting the study.

Scientists interviewed 12,848 participants, of which 5,150 had either meningioma or glioma tumors.

Almost a quarter of the $23.98 million study required to fund the study was provided by the cellphone industry.

The nations that participated included Britain, Canada, France, Germany and Japan. Cardis said in an e-mail exchange that the group of researchers had "hoped that the U.S. would participate" but that epidemiologists from various universities in the U.S. weren't able to get funding for the project. When asked why the U.S. cellphone industry didn't participate in the Interphone study, a spokesperson for trade group CTIA referred me to the National Cancer Institute.

Last month, five European nations launched a 30-year study called the Cohort Study on Mobile Communications. A spokesperson for CTIA, when asked why the U.S. isn't involved, said the U.S. cellphone industry wasn't asked to participate.

As of December 2009, there were 285 million cell phones in use in the U.S., covering 91 percent of the population, according to CTIA.

Material from Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this post.

Source: The Washington Post

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Zetron Dispatch and 9-1-1 Systems Ready PSAP for Next-Gen 9-1-1 and P25

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Dispatcher David Ward at the Morgan County ECC.

Redmond, WA, May 18, 2010 – With their recent installation of Zetron’s Series 4000 dispatch system and its Series 3300 VoIP Call-Taking System, the Emergency Communication Center (ECC) in Morgan County, West Virginia is now equipped to deal with current and upcoming changes in public-safety technology. The installation prepares them for Next-Generation 9-1-1 call taking and enables them to connect to West Virginia’s statewide Project 25 (P25) system. Kenwood radio dealer, Custom Computers and Communications, of Augusta, West Virginia, was chosen to obtain and install the equipment.

“We chose the Zetron equipment because it is extremely reliable. It also gives us a rich feature set at a reasonable cost.”
Dave Michael, Director, Morgan County ECC

Why a new system?
As Morgan County’s public safety answering point (PSAP), the ECC answers 9-1-1 calls and provides dispatching for the area’s law-enforcement and public-safety agencies. They chose the Zetron 9-1-1 call-taking and dispatch to replace previous equipment that was outmoded and failing.

Rich features at a reasonable cost
“We chose the Zetron equipment because it is extremely reliable,” says ECC Director, Dave Michael. “It also gives us a rich feature set at a reasonable cost. In addition, the same Zetron systems are installed at our neighboring agency, Hampshire County. We have a plan with them to serve as backup sites for each other, so it made sense for us to use the same equipment.”

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Michael says that since the cutover in late 2009, the new equipment has been serving Morgan County well: “We’re happy with it. It’s extremely reliable. Plus, now our operators can use their headsets to move seamlessly between both systems. We’re also able to connect with the state’s P25 system, and we’re ready for Next-Gen 9-1-1.”

About Zetron
For 30 years, Zetron has been providing mission-critical communication solutions for clients in the fields of public safety, transportation, utilities, manufacturing, healthcare, and business. With offices in Redmond, Washington, U.S.A.; Hampshire, England; Brisbane, Australia and numerous field locations, Zetron supports a worldwide network of authorised resellers and distributors. This gives Zetron a global reach as well as a local presence in the regions it serves. Zetron is a wholly owned subsidiary within JK Holdings, Inc. For more information, visit

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Research in Motion surges to No. 4 in global mobile phone sales, Apple to No. 7

By Joe Wilcox | Published May 19, 2010, 1:45 PM

Today, Gartner released first quarter 2010 worldwide mobile phone sales data, and it's the set that matters. Unlike IDC or manufacturers like Apple, Gartner tracks actual sales to users rather than shipments to carriers or retailers. Shipment data is less accurate, because of unsold inventory in the channel. Based on sales, Apple ranked No. 7 in worldwide mobile handset sales, just behind sagging Motorola. That's for all phones, not just smartphones.

For smartphones, Android and iPhone OS made huge gains, with Gartner describing them as the "winners" for the quarter. Android rose from 575,300 unit sales to 5.2 million year over year, pushing Windows Mobile down into the fifth position. Because there already is a fair amount of misreporting, such as Apple pushing ahead of Motorola, I will continue the main portion of this post with some quick — and in some instances — corrective facts:

1. Nokia is not in rapid decline. While the manufacturer's market share dipped 1.2 percent, to 35 percent, unit sales rose by 12.7 million to 110.1 million.

2. Apple did not outsell Motorola. But I've been reading this heresy for weeks based on unit shipments. Based on actual sales, Motorola is No. 6 worldwide.

3. Motorola is rapidly declining, however. Year over year, unit shipments plunged from 16.6 million to 9.6 million.

4. Research in Motion moved into the top five, at No. 4, for worldwide phone sales. That's while competing against cheaper handsets from competitors like Nokia. While growing less than Apple, 45.9 percent year over year compared to 112.2 percent, RIM sales are much stronger.

5. White box competition is sucking sales from major manufacturers. Combined top-five share dropped from 73.3 percent to 70.7 percent year over year. White box manufacturers are mostly shipping from Asia, and some are mimicking handsets like iPhone, while offering more features, such as dual-SIM capabilities.

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6. Like early early iPhones, Android-based phone sales are strong in North America — up 707 percent year over year.

7. Distribution mattered to Apple. "Growth came partly from new communication service providers in established markets, such as the UK, and stronger sales in new markets such as China and South Korea," Carolina Milanesi, Gartner research vice president, said in a statement.

8. Only Android and iPhone OS made year-over-year market share gains among the top-five smartphone operating systems.

9. The quarter's best performers controlled hardware, software and services — essentially an end-to-end stack, except for carriers. Apple, Nokia and RIM are end-to-end providers.

10. Windows Mobile market share declines are somewhat deceptive. While smartphone OS market share fell from 10.2 percent to 6.8 percent, unit sales were flat year over year. Windows Mobile is more standing still than moving backwards, as competitors race by.

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Now for some additional data points and quotes from Gartner analysts. Mobile handset sales rose 17 percent year of year to 314.7 million. Smartphone sales rose 48.7 percent to 54.3 million. Smartphones accounted for 17.3 percent of all mobile phones sales in first quarter, up from 13.6 percent a year earlier.

"Increasing sales of white-box products in some emerging regions, in particular India, also drove sales of mobile phones upward. We expect sales of white-box products to remain very healthy for the remainder of 2010, especially outside of China," Milanesi said in the statement.

What this means: India is one of Nokia's strongest markets worldwide. Increasing white box popularity could drive down Nokia's share in India. For all major manufacturers, there will be increasing pressure to stay ahead of white box phone makers and, related, those imitating big-five designs.

"To compete in such a crowded [smartphone] market, manufacturers need to tightly integrate hardware, user interface, and cloud and social networking services if their solutions are to appeal to users," Roberta Cozza, Gartner principal research analyst said in a statement. "Just adding a qwerty keyboard will not make a device fit the communication's habits of today's various consumer segments."

What this means: Apple, Nokia and RIM have potentially stronger positions, the latter two only if they pull together weak services strategies. Google needs to standardize all Android handsets on one OS version and set of supporting services; even then, Google doesn't control enough of the stack.

Source: GeekSugar

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Victoria, B.C. Canada — May 17, 2010 — Daniels Electronics Ltd., a leading international supplier of high reliability radio base stations, repeaters and paging transmitters for public safety and natural resource applications, announced today that it was named Technology Company of the Year at the annual Victoria Advanced Technology (VIATeC) awards banquet held Thursday May 13th.

The award for Technology Company of the Year recognizes a Greater Victoria company that has demonstrated excellence in innovation and a commitment to the technology community while embracing sound business fundamentals.

The Victoria Advanced Technology Council (VIATeC) is the conduit that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow a successful technology sector in Greater Victoria. Since VIATeC's inception back in 1989, the Greater Victoria technology sector has grown to over 800 technology companies, employing more than 13,000 people and generating in excess of $1.95 billion in annual revenues making advanced technology Greater Victoria's #1 private industry.

Speaking on behalf of the company at the Awards Banquet, Gerry Wight, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Daniels Electronics said “I am honoured to receive this award on behalf of the owners, the management team and the employees. We are honoured by this recognition by you our peers. This is one more highlight as we celebrate our 60th year in business. Thank you.”

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Text and Data Overtake Voice as Means of Cell Communication

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text overtakes voice When was the last time you called someone on your cell phone? 90 percent of households have one, and according to the CTIA wireless association, you'd rather use your cell to text and browse the Internet than to make calls — the number of text messages sent was up 50 percent last year, while data for web browsing, music streaming, and e-mail surpassed data used for voice calls.

It's true that I primarily use my cell phone for checking RSS feeds, email, and texts more often than I actually dial a phone number and chat with someone, and I know I'm not alone. This could be why numeric keyboards are going the way of the pager, while multitasking smartphones stocked with a QWERTY keyboard are picking up speed in the wireless market. Although texting can be a quick and easy way to get a message to a pal, just be careful you don't become addicted . . . at least for your health's sake.

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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. 21 May 19, 2010   

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FCC Releases Sunshine Agenda For Its May 20 Open Meeting

The FCC has released its “Sunshine Agenda” for its scheduled May 20 open meeting.

Accordingly, the Commission will consider:

1. The 14th edition of the Mobile Wireless Competition Report, analyzing the state of competition in the mobile industry by expanding upon previous FCC reports and considering the broader mobile wireless ecosystem.

2. A Report and Order enabling robust mobile broadband use of 25 MHz of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz Wireless Communications Service (WCS) band while protecting neighboring incumbent operations and a Second Report and Order implementing rules for terrestrial repeaters to provide greater certainty for both satellite radio and WCS licensees.

3. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking initiating reforms to the E-Rate program to make broadband more accessible in schools and libraries, and to cut red tape.

4. An Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement the National Broadband Plan recommendations to foster competition and broadband deployment by ensuring nondiscriminatory, just, and reasonable access to utility poles.

5. A Report and Order to standardize the processes for transferring telephone numbers in one business day to ensure the benefits of competition for consumers.

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

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  • Rural groups announce joint statement on USF reform NOI and NPRM.
  • FCC proposes changes to Part 17 rules governing marking, lighting of towers.
  • FCC sets comment dates for NPRM on Puerto Rico Link Up support.
  • FCC sets comment dates for CableCARD proceeding.

FCC Sets Comment Cycle For USF Reform NOI & NPRM

Comments Due July 12; Replies Aug. 11

The FCC published in the May 13 Federal Register the comment cycle for its Universal Service Fund (USF) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that focuses on specific reforms to cap growth and to cut “inefficient” funding in the “legacy” high-cost support mechanisms and to shift “savings” toward broadband communications (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, April 28).

Comments in this WC Docket No. 10-90, GN Docket No. 09-51, and WC Docket No. 05-337 proceeding are due July 12, and replies are due August 11. BloostonLaw will be preparing comments and will be contacting clients in the near future to develop information.

The companion Notice of Inquiry (NOI) in this proceeding, which focuses on whether the FCC should use a model to help determine universal service support levels in areas where there is no private sector business case to provide broadband and voice services, has not been published in the Federal Register. But the comment and reply dates are the same as above, according to a May 13 Public Notice.

In general, the NPRM seeks comment on capping legacy high-cost support provided to incumbent telephone companies at 2010 levels, which would have the effect of creating an overall ceiling for the legacy high-cost program. Such a cap would remain in place while the Commission determines how to distribute funds “in a more efficient, targeted manner” to those areas of the country where no firm can operate profitably without government support, while minimizing burdens on American consumers who ultimately pay for universal service through carrier pass-through charges.

The FCC seeks comment on the relationship between such universal service reforms and carriers' rates, including intercarrier compensation rates, under the Commission's current pricing rules. It seeks comment both on the likely rate impacts under existing pricing rules that would arise from the possible universal service reforms and any appropriate responses. The FCC also notes that many rural rate-of-return carriers participate in the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) pooling process for their interstate access charges. If universal service support under the legacy programs were frozen for such carriers, are there special considerations resulting from operation of the NECA pool that would unfairly advantage or disadvantage certain carriers?

The Commission seeks comment on requiring current rate-of-return companies to convert to some form of incentive regulation. It seeks comment on whether the Commission should replace rate-of-return regulation with the price-cap framework recently adopted for voluntary conversions, an alternative price-cap framework, or some other form of incentive regulation. The FCC seeks comment on whether it should convert Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS) to a frozen amount per line, which would have the effect of limiting growth in the legacy high-cost program. The FCC also seeks comment on the elimination of IAS.

The National Broadband Plan recommends that the Commission phase out remaining competitive ETC funding under the existing funding mechanisms over a five-year period and target the savings toward the deployment of broadband-capable networks and other reforms in the plan. The FCC seeks comment on this proposal.

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

Rural Groups Announce Joint Statement On USF Reform NOI and NPRM

The National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA), the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO) and the Western Telecommunications Alliance (WTA) today announced their commitment to a joint filing of a unified rural position in the National Broadband Plan's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and Notice of Inquiry (NOI), which seek comment on the FCC's proposals regarding Cost Modeling and Universal Service Reform. This public commitment to a unified voice is a significant action intended to demonstrate that rural local exchange carriers (RLECs) are united in their efforts to ensure rural America's broadband infrastructure is not jeopardized by policies that discriminate against rural consumers and the RLECS that have made network investments to bring broadband to their communities.

In the joint letter to the memberships, the associations outlined the key positions they will advocate:

  • Network design based on funding only 4 Mbps in rural areas is shortsighted and creates a digital divide compared to 100 Mbps in urban areas.
  • RLECs have made significant investment in multi-use, broadband capable networks, which serve 37% of the national geography. Their continued ability to provide comparable telecommunications services to rural Americans is vital to our nation's economic development, national security and public health and safety.
  • These investments have been made possible due to a time-tested cost-recovery structure consisting of rate-of-return regulation, NECA pooling, intercarrier compensation and USF support.

The FCC should now be looking to create this success story with a broadband focus and not undermine or ignore what has worked to achieve affordable and comparable services for rural consumers as required by the Communications Act.

Further in the letter, the groups wrote, "In our joint comments we will be identifying significant concerns and impacts of the commission's proposal to divert high cost funding away from your companies by freezing USF/ICLS per line and forcing you to incentive regulation. We will demonstrate how you continue to have different requirements from the much larger price cap carriers and should therefore continue to have broadband-focused cost recovery mechanism designed to meet your unique service areas and rural customer requirements."

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

FCC Proposes Changes To Part 17 Rules Governing Marking, Lighting Of Towers

On April 20, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on revisions updating and modernizing the Part 17 rules governing the construction, marking, and lighting of antenna structures. The modernization and streamlining undertaken in the NPRM was initiated as part of the 2004 biennial review process.

While much of the NPRM seeks to conform the FCC’s Part 17 Rules to the Commission’s current practices, and otherwise remove inconsistencies between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and FCC processes, there are still areas which require comment. These include (1) the adverse impact of FCC’s proposed requirements on the Commission’s licensing procedures, by significantly curtailing the ability of licensees to use the FCC’s conditional temporary authority and special temporary authority (STA) options for rapid deployment; and (2) the adverse impact of mandating deletion of voluntarily registered antenna structures from the ASR database. The latter change could result in the FCC’s licensing data bases being less accurate due to the use of multiple data sets existing for the same site.

Comments on the FCC’s proposals will be due 60 days after the WT Docket No. 10-88, RM-11349 item is published the Federal Register, and replies will be due 30 days thereafter. The FCC’s specific proposals are summarized below:

Marking and Lighting Specifications. The Commission has sought comment on several proposed revisions to its marking, painting, and lighting provisions, including:

  • Elimination of specific references in the rules to particular Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Circulars, to prevent confusion and conflict, and requiring in its place that marking and lighting conform to a particular tower’s FAA determination and associated study, unless otherwise specified;
  • Implementation of a Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA) proposal that the rules specify that lighting and marking requirements do not change unless the FAA recommends new specifications for particular structures;
  • Addition to §17.4 of a provision clarifying that the FAA’s recommended specifications are generally mandatory, but that the Commission may specify additional or different requirements;
  • Amendment of §17.21(a) to reference FAA notification requirements, which provides that antenna structures shall be painted and lighted when they exceed 60.96 meters (200 feet) in height above ground level or they require special aeronautical study, and deleting as unnecessary the first sentence of §17.22;
  • Amendment of §17.23, as discussed above, to replace the reference to specific Advisory Circulars with a more general reference to the FAA’s determination of no hazard and associated study, and to clarify the structure owner’s obligation to comply with any other specifications prescribed by the Commission;
  • Deletion of §17.17(a), which has resulted in some confusion as to what painting and lighting specifications antenna structures authorized prior to July 1, 1996, must maintain.

Accuracy of Location and Height Data. Section 17.4(a)(1) provides that alteration of an existing antenna structure requires a new registration. However, the FCC’s rules do not define what constitutes an alteration such that a new registration is required. To clarify the obligations of antenna structure owners, the FCC is proposing to add a new subsection to Section 17.4 specifying that any change in height of one foot or greater or any change in coordinates of one second or greater requires prior approval from the FAA and the Commission. As a related matter, the FCC is proposing to require that the height information provided on FCC Form 854 be accurate within one foot and the coordinates provided in FCC Form 854 be accurate within one second of longitude and latitude.

Structures Requiring FAA Notification. Sections 17.7 and 17.14 of the FCC’s rules set forth which antenna structures require notification to the FAA and which categories of antenna structures are exempt from notification to the FAA. The FCC is proposing to delete these rules because they are unnecessary and duplicative, and their inclusion risks creating confusion in the event the FAA were to change its criteria.

Recognition of FAA Rulemaking. The FAA’s Part 77 rules require parties proposing to construct or modify an antenna structure to file a “Notice of Proposed Construction or Alteration” (on Form 7460-1) with the FAA, which then conducts an obstruction evaluation to determine whether the proposed structure will pose a hazard to air navigation. In an NPRM released in June, 2006, the FAA proposed to modify its notification rules to require the filing of a 7460-1 clearance request in connection with (a) the construction of any new facilities that operate on specified frequency bands; (b) changes in an original frequency; (c) addition of new frequencies; (d) increases in ERP or antenna height above certain thresholds; and (e) changes in physical antenna configuration for radio facilities that operate in certain radio frequency (RF) bands. These requirements were proposed irrespective of whether the antenna structure, inclusive of itself, would have required notice to the FAA in the first instance.

The FCC now seeks comment on how the outcome of the proceeding initiated by the FAA may affect any of the matters being considered in its own proceeding. In other words, if the FAA should adopt its proposed rules in whole or in part, the FCC asks whether it should modify any of its rules or change any proposed approaches to issues addressed in this proceeding.

The FAA insistence on the filing of a clearance request for virtually ANY antenna placement, regardless of impact on the glide slope of nearby airports, appears to be an attempt to regulate the potential for interference to FAA radio operations (which is a function delegated by Congress to the FCC). Regardless of intent, the practical effect of this rule would be to require the filing of a clearance request in many situations that would otherwise qualify the conditional special temporary authority or STA, making it difficult for licensees to move quickly when urgent circumstances arise. In general, temporary authority does not apply to situations in which a 7460-1 is pending.

Maintenance of Marking and Lighting. The FCC’s Part 17 rules include certain requirements pertaining to the maintenance of marking and lighting on antenna structures. These requirements, set forth in Sections 17.47, 17.48, and 17.56(a), include inspection and maintenance of lighting, records of extinguishment or improper functioning of lights, and maintenance of painting. PCIA has recommended amendment of §17.47(b) of the rules to exempt systems using network operations control (NOC) center-based monitoring technologies from any requirement to regularly inspect all automatic or mechanical systems associated with antenna structure lighting. The Commission seeks comment on two possible alternative changes to §17.47: deletion of §17.47 of the rules in its entirety, or amendment of §17.47(b) to exempt certain systems using NOC center-based monitoring technologies from the requirement to quarterly inspect all automatic or mechanical systems associated with antenna structure lighting.

With respect to time frames for replacing or repairing extinguished lights, the FCC is proposing to require antenna structure owners to provide continuously active NOTAM notice to the FAA of these lighting outages in accordance with current FAA requirements. If adopted, antenna structure owners would be required to contact the FAA to extend the lighting outage date after 15 days and provide a return to service date.

Elimination of Unnecessary Provisions. Sections 17.45, 17.51, and 17.56(b) set forth specific requirements for antenna structure owners to follow in exhibiting or maintaining lights. Section 17.45 of the rules specifies the type of temporary warning lights to be used during construction of antenna structures for which red obstruction lighting is required; Section 17.51 of the rules requires red obstruction lighting to be on from sunset to sunrise and high intensity and medium intensity lighting to burn continuously; and Section 17.56(b) requires that the flash tubes in a high intensity obstruction lighting system shall be replaced whenever the peak effective daytime intensity falls below 200,000 candelas. The Commission is proposing to delete these rules because the relevant requirements are specified in the FAA determination of no hazard and associated study for each tower, and separate identification of specific requirements in the rules is may create ambiguity in cases of conflict.

Records of Extinguishment or Improper Functioning of Lights. Section 17.49 of the rules requires antenna structure owners to maintain a record of observed or otherwise known extinguishments or improper functioning of structure lights. The FCC is proposing to amend this provision by adding a requirement to maintain such records for two years and provide the records to the Commission upon request.

Maintenance of Painting. Section 17.50 of the FCC rules specifies that antenna structures requiring painting under Part 17 shall be cleaned or repainted as often as necessary to maintain good visibility. The FCC seeks comment on whether to amend Section 17.50 to specifically provide for use of the FAA’s ‘In Service Aviation Orange Tolerance Chart’ to determine whether a structure needs to be cleaned or repainted. The FCC believes that adding a specific reference to the color chart in Section 17.50 could provide a more objective standard for gauging the condition of required painting and may provide better guidance for antenna structure owners and promote consistent enforcement.

Definitions. Section 17.2(a) of the rules defines an “antenna structure” as including “the radiating and/or receive system, its supporting structures and any appurtenances mounted thereon.” Section 17.2(c) defines an “antenna structure owner” as the individual or entity vested with ownership, equitable ownership, dominion, or title to the antenna structure. Because the definition of “antenna structure” includes antennas and other appurtenances, the definition of “antenna structure owner” could be read to include the service providers who own these antennas. The FCC is therefore proposing to amend its rules to clarify that the obligations of antenna structure owners fall only on the owner of the underlying structure. As a related matter, Section 303(q) of the Act provides that “[i]n the event that the tower ceases to be licensed by the Commission for the transmission of radio energy, the owner of the tower shall maintain the prescribed painting and/or illumination of such tower until it is dismantled. . .” Consistent with this provision, the FCC is proposing to amend Section 17.2(a) to provide that a structure will continue to be considered an antenna structure and subject to Part 17 requirements until such time as that structure is dismantled, regardless of whether the structure continues to be used for the transmission and/or receipt of radio energy.

Structures Not Requiring Registration. Under the Commission’s rules, not all antenna structures are required be registered with the FCC, only those of certain heights, depending on their location. Despite this limitation, however, some antenna structure owners have voluntarily registered their structures with the Commission, even though such registration is not required. The FCC seeks comment on whether the rules concerning antenna structures should be enforced against such voluntarily registered structures. In addition, the FCC seeks comment on whether owners of antenna structures that do not require registration should be prohibited from registering their towers, and whether antenna structure owners who have voluntarily registered structures should be required to withdraw their registrations from the Commission’s antenna structure database. Such an action could reduce confusion concerning the regulatory status of these structures.

Posting of Antenna Structure Registration Number. Section 17.4(g) of the FCC rules provides: “Except as provided in paragraph (h) of this section, the Antenna Structure Registration number must be displayed in a conspicuous place so that it is readily visible near the base of the antenna structure.” However, some have noted that it is not always possible to post the ASR number so that it is both “readily visible” and “near the base” of the tower. The FCC is therefore proposing to modify Section 17.4 to require that antenna structure owners display the ASR number so that it would be visible to a member of the general public who reaches the closest publicly accessible location near the base of the antenna structure. Where two or more separate locations of this nature exist for a single antenna structure, such as two roads from different directions to a mountaintop site, we would require posting the Antenna Structure Registration number at each such location.

Provision of Antenna Structure Registration to Tenants. Section 17.4(f) requires that antenna structure owners immediately provide copies of FCC Form 854R (antenna structure registration) to each tenant licensee and permittee. PCIA, CTIA and Cingular have proposed that the FCC eliminate this requirement and shift the burden to the Commission’s licensees and permittees to obtain a copy of the Form 854R from the Commission’s website. The FCC agrees, but it believes it is essential that the tenant licensees and permittees know when the antenna structure has been registered, and how to access the registration form. The FCC has therefore proposes to amend the relevant rules to allow antenna structure owners, as an alternative to providing a copy of Form 854R, to notify tenant licensees and permittees that the structure has been registered, and give the tenant licensees and permittees the antenna structure’s registration number along with the link for the Commission’s antenna structure registration website. This notification may be done using paper mail or electronic mail.

Notification of Construction or Dismantlement. Section 17.57 requires that antenna structure owners notify the Commission within 24 hours of construction or dismantlement of an antenna structure, and immediately for changes in height or ownership. PCIA recommends changing Section 17.57 to harmonize the timing for these requirements with FAA rules. In its Petition for Rulemaking, PCIA indicates specifically that its proposal in this regard would be to change from 24 hours to five days the time for notification of construction or dismantlement, and to change from “immediately” to five days the time for notification of changes in height or ownership. The FCC has tentatively concluded that it should not adopt these proposals.

Facilities on Federal Land. Section 17.58 of the FCC’s rules provides that any application proposing new or modified transmitting facilities to be located on land under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management shall include a statement that the facilities will be so located, and that the applicant shall comply with the requirements of Section 1.70 of the rules. As Section 17.58 was intended to promote compliance with procedures that no longer exist, the FCC is proposing to delete Section 17.58.

Tower Compliance Manual.

BloostonLaw has assembled a compliance manual for all tower/antenna structure owners, as well as any licensee mounting antennas on structures. The manual helps structure owners and licensees avoid FCC fines, minimize Federal and state approval delays, and minimize or avoid the potential for civil and/or criminal liability that could be associated with tower operations/accidents. The manual includes a detailed explanation of FCC, FAA and other Federal regulatory requirements so that your staff can understand the legal do’s and don’ts associated with tower construction and antenna mounting. We have also developed checklists that can be used by your employees and contractors to (1) make sure that necessary compliance steps are taken and (2) create a paper trail documenting such compliance. There are separate checklists for antenna structure owners and radio licensees that will use such structures. These checklists cover such issues as environmental protection, historic preservation, harmful RF radiation limits, interference protection, aviation safety, and Federal reporting requirements. A sample tower log is included.

In recent years, tower owners have faced million dollar fines and even higher civil liabilities due to rule violations that may contribute to an aviation accident. Similar liability can arise from environmental or harmful radiation violations. Also, many licensees do not realize that, for every antenna mounted in the United States, the licensee must either obtain the prior approval of the applicable State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), or establish that the antenna qualifies for an exemption from this requirement. BloostonLaw is offering its antenna structure compliance manual in binder format, with the checklists provided on CD-ROM as well, so that you can print off the appropriate checklist for each new structure or antenna. Please contact the firm for a copy of the manual.

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


FCC SETS COMMENT DATES FOR NPRM ON PUERTO RICO LINK UP SUPPORT: On April 16, 2010, the FCC released an order and notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that, among other things, sought comment on a proposal to provide additional universal service Link Up support to help defray charges incurred by telecommunications carriers when they must build special facilities to serve certain customers in Puerto Rico (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, April 21). The Commission set the comment and reply comment deadline for the Puerto Rico Order and Second NPRM as 30 and 45 days, respectively, after publication of the summary of the NPRM in the Federal Register. On May 7, 2010, a summary of the NPRM appeared in the Federal Register. Accordingly, comments in this WC Docket No. 03-109 proceeding will be due on June 7, 2010, and reply comments will be due on June 21, 2010. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC SETS COMMENT CYCLE FOR CABLECARD PROCEEDING: The FCC has set comment dates for its Fourth Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing new rules designed to improve the operation of the CableCARD regime in the interim until a successor solution becomes effective. As discussed in a companion Notice of Inquiry (see separate story below), the Commission acknowledges it has not been fully successful in implementing the command of Section 629 of the Communications Act to ensure the commercial availability of navigation devices used by consumers to access the services of multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs'). The Notice of Inquiry begins the process of instituting a successor to the CableCARD regime that has been the centerpiece of the Commission's efforts to implement Section 629 to date. The CableCARD is a security device provided by the cable provider and inserted into a retail navigation device (including digital cable ready televisions) bought by a consumer in the retail market or a set-top box leased from the cable provider. Unfortunately, in practice, cable customers who purchase retail navigation devices and connect these devices to their cable service using CableCARDs for conditional access typically experience additional installation and support costs and pay higher prices than those who lease set-top boxes from their cable company. Accordingly, in this Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, we seek comment on proposed rules designed to remove this disparity in the subscriber experience for those customers who choose to utilize a navigation device purchased at retail as opposed to leasing the cable providers' set-top box. Comments in this CS Docket No. 97-80 and PP Docket No. 00-67 proceeding are due June 14, and replies are due June 28. Written PRA comments on the proposed information collection requirements must be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by July 13. BloostonLaw contact: Gerry Duffy.

FCC SETS COMMENT DATES FOR NOI ON SMART SET-TOP VIDEO DEVICES: The FCC has set a comment cycle for its Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comment on ways to unleash competition in the retail market for smart set-top video devices that are compatible with all multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) services. The FCC said the goal of this proceeding is to better accomplish the intent of Congress as set forth in section 629 of the Communications Act. In particular, the FCC wishes to explore the potential for allowing any electronics manufacturer to offer smart video devices at retail that can be used with the services of any MVPD and without the need to coordinate or negotiate with MVPDs. The FCC believes that this could foster a competitive retail market in smart video devices to spur investment and innovation, increase consumer choice, allow unfettered innovation in MVPD delivery platforms, and encourage wider broadband use and adoption (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, April 21). Comments in this MB Docket No. 10-91, CS Docket No. 97-80, and PP Docket No. 00-67 proceeding are due July 13, and replies are due August 12. BloostonLaw contact: Gerry Duffy.

HIGH COURT REJECTS CABLE TV APPEAL OF “MUST CARRY” RULE: The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge from cable TV companies to the 18-year-old requirement that they “must carry” local broadcast stations on their systems, according to the New York Times. The Court turned down an appeal from Cablevision Systems Corp. In doing so, the Court left in tact the federal ''must carry'' law, enacted in 1992 when cable TV systems faced much less competition than they do today. Cablevision sued the FCC over its ruling that forced Cablevision to carry the signal of a distant home-shopping station on its Long Island cable systems. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld the Commission. As noted on Scotusblog, “The industry argued that competition has grown so much in the communications industry since the 1990s that local broadcasters no longer needed the ‘must carry’ option in their broadcast areas, and thus it violates cable operators’ First Amendment rights to choose their own programming. …The FCC, in reply, contended that the realities of commercial life in local over-the-air TV broadcasting still justify the must-carry rule’s enforcement.”

VERIZON WIRELESS WANTS TO PARTNER WITH RURAL CARRIERS TO EXPAND ITS LTE NETWORK: Reuters and the Wall Street Journal report that Verizon Wireless wants to partner with rural carriers to accelerate the expansion of the high-speed wireless network it is building. Chief Technology Officer Tony Melone said last week during a New York investor conference. According to Reuters, Melone was responding to a question about how much Verizon would go into rural markets with the network based on Long Term Evolution (LTE). Verizon plans to launch LTE services in up to 30 markets with a total population of about 100 million by year-end. "Rural carriers can use our spectrum," Melone said after his presentation at a Jefferies investor conference in New York. "We absolutely believe (in) partnering with rural carriers and getting LTE out there quicker than we would have," according to Reuters. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioner Meredith Baker said "the news of Verizon Wireless’ plan to partner with rural providers to accelerate investment in 4G networks is very encouraging" and that they looked forward to learning more about it. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam said “these rural markets would take us a while to get to.” Under the proposed arrangements, Verizon would license spectrum for a small fee to local carriers, which would sell the service. Either Verizon or the carrier could handle the job of installing the equipment. Verizon is also striking data roaming agreements with the rural carriers to let their customers use the rest of Verizon's network when they're traveling. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

FCC DENIES PCS APPLICATION FOR REVIEW FOR FAILURE TO SHOW SUBSTANTIAL SERVICE: The FCC has denied an Application for Review filed by Scott D. Reiter related to the automatic termination of a Personal Communications Services (PCS) license for failure to show substantial service. (Ed. Note: This is NOT the Scott Reiter who recently retired from NTCA.) The FCC found that construction of a single base station coupled with the use of four handsets, in an area already served by four other wireless providers, does not constitute “substantial service” or a “niche service.” Accordingly, the FCC affirmed the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Mobility Division’s determination that the license previously authorized to Scott D. Reiter automatically terminated on the date of the licensee’s construction deadline for failure to meet the applicable construction requirements. On August 22, 2001, the Commission granted Reiter a 10 MHz C-Block PCS license for Basic Trading Area (BTA) 359 in Portsmouth, Ohio. The License had a five-year construction deadline of August 22, 2006 and a license expiration date of August 22, 2011. In 2006 and 2007, Reiter submitted his construction notification and requisite maps purporting to demonstrate substantial service. In his submission, Reiter stated that 11.4 percent of the Portsmouth BTA (10,636 people) was capable of receiving reliable service from the single base station constructed in his system. Reiter further stated that the Portsmouth BTA consisted of two counties with a total population of 93,287 — Lewis (population 14,902) and Scioto (population 79,195). Reiter described the BTA as consisting of two of the “most depressed rural counties in the United States.” Portsmouth, the largest city in the BTA, had a population of 20,909 or 22 percent of the BTA. Reiter stated that after studying the market at great length he determined that a “conventional buildout and mobile operation was not viable” and that the market presented “formidable challenges” for another mobile service provider. As a result, Reiter stated that he decided to address a “niche” in the market by providing free local phone service to the residents of the Scioto County Homeless Shelter located in Portsmouth. Reiter stated that he had constructed a single base station using a single UTStarcom Internet Protocol Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer unit and four handsets that were made available on an “as needed” basis to the Shelter’s residents, which numbered up to 200 residents annually. Reiter also stated that the single base station covered approximately 11.4 percent of the population of the BTA. Based on this coverage, Reiter stated that he “should therefore be deemed to have met [his] five-year construction requirement.” On May 9, 2007, the Division rejected Reiter’s Showing. The Division determined that Reiter failed to meet the substantial service requirement because his conventional two-way mobile phone service was not a niche service under the PCS rules. The Division found that Reiter failed to demonstrate how his system – consisting of a single base station and four activated handsets – was service that was “sound, favorable, and substantially above a level of mediocre service which might just minimally warrant renewal.” In addition, the Division noted that Reiter’s planned future construction was not material to his showing. The FCC agreed with the Division and denied the Application for Review. It did not reach the question of whether the substantial service standard should be different when applied to the provision of private mobile radio service (PMRS), “because Reiter’s service does not qualify as PMRS.” The FCC concluded that “Reiter has built the barest of systems (a single base station at a single location) which supports very minimal usage (4 handsets).” Special Temporary Authority (STA) was granted so the Shelter could transition to another provider, and Reiter was ordered to cease operations. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

FCC GRANTS 21 CONDITIONAL WAIVERS TO CITIES, COUNTIES, STATES FOR BUILDING 700 MHz BROADBAND NETWORKS: The FCC has granted conditional approval of 21 petitions filed by cities, counties and states that sought waivers to move forward with the construction of regional or statewide interoperable wireless broadband networks in the 700 MHz public safety broadband spectrum. The Commission required these broadband networks to be deployed under a common interoperability framework in coordination with the FCC’s Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC). This common framework will ensure that all networks being deployed are technically compatible and fully interoperable. To ensure compatibility and interoperability of public safety broadband networks, the Order set forth the following conditions that each waiver recipient must meet: Comply with certain initial technical requirements, including:

  • Nationwide network interoperability;
  • Mandatory use of the Long Term Evolution (LTE) air interface standard, recognizing the unique circumstances associated with the 700 MHz band and the need to achieve interoperability;
  • Network support for certain applications, including access to the Internet, to an incident command system, and to field-based server applications; and
  • Use of certain system characteristics, including security features.
  • Submit technical deployment and conformance testing plans to ERIC, specifically including plans for achieving and maintaining interoperability with all public safety broadband network deployments in the 700 MHz band. Petitioners must also implement all phases of technical requirements adopted by the Commission.
  • Participate in demonstration network testing being sponsored by the NIST/NTIA Public Safety Communications Research program and the District of Columbia.
  • Offer service and/or access to all designated public safety agencies within the network coverage area.
  • Enter into a standard form spectrum lease with the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST), which holds the national license for the public safety broadband spectrum. The PSST may charge a limited administrative fee as part of the lease arrangement, but only after first submitting a proposed budget for public comment and approval by the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.
  • Submit quarterly progress reports to the Commission, in consultation with the PSST.

With respect to the designation of the LTE air interface standard, the FCC stated that it was not endorsing LTE technology, but noted that requiring a single air interface standard for 700 MHz waiver applicants was reasonable to ensure interoperability—“and specifically the use of at least 3GPP Standard, Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA), Release 8 (LTE), and associated Evolved Packet Core (EPC). While we recognize that the Commission does not typically require the use of a particular technology or standard, exceptions have been made in the context of nascent technologies and in the context of public safety to facilitate interoperability.” Overall, the FCC granted conditional relief to all states, counties, and cities that have submitted waiver petitions. The Commission denied the waiver request submitted by Flow Mobile, a commercial vendor, because commercial entities are ineligible under existing law to be licensed on the public safety spectrum.

FCC SEEKS COMMENT ON TECHNICAL ISSUES RELATED TO 700 MHz PUBLIC SAFETY BROADBAND NETWORKS: On May 13, the FCC released an order granting conditional waivers to 21 public safety entities for early deployment of public safety broadband networks in the 700 MHz public safety broadband spectrum (PSBB Block) (see story above). The Waiver Order establishes technical, operational and governance conditions for early deployment and requires each Petitioner to submit to the Bureau, within a specified time window, a detailed plan for achieving interoperability with other public safety broadband networks. The release of this order is a major step towards development of a nationwide public safety broadband network. However, there remain open several key technical issues focused on network deployment. In this Public Notice, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau seeks further comment on interoperability, out-of-band emissions, and equipment certification surrounding public safety broadband network interoperability which will serve the basis for final rules for the public safety broadband network. Comments in this PS Docket No. 06-229 proceeding are due June 17. There is no date for reply comments. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

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WiPath Communications

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Intelligent Solutions for Paging & Wireless Data

WiPath manufactures a wide range of highly unique and innovative hardware and software solutions in paging and mobile data for:

  • Emergency Mass Alert & Messaging Emergency Services Communications Utilities Job Management Telemetry and Remote Switching Fire House Automation
  • 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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  • 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
4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
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Terminals & Controllers:
8 Motorola C-Net Platinum Controller - NCU Cards
1 Motorola C-Net Platinum Controller - NCX Cards
2 Motorola C-Net Platinum Controller - CIU Cards
1 Skydata Model 8360 MSK Modulator
8 Skydata Multi Channel Receivers - NEW
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
3 Glenayre GL2164 Satellite Receivers
1 Lengren Copper Screen Room, 6'X9'
Link Transmitters:
6 Glenayre GL C2100 Link Repeaters
1 Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
12 Glenayre QT4201, 25W Midband Link TX
1 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
8 Motorola Nucleus 125W, NAC
1 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
3 Motorola PURC-5000 110W, TRC or ACB
3 Motorola PURC-5000 225W, ACB
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
3 Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W
15 Glenayre GLT-8500, 250W, C2000, w/ or w/o I20
50 Glenayre GLT-8500 DSP Exciters - $600 each
50 Glenayre GLT-8500 PAs - $800 each
50 Glenayre GLT-8500 Power Supplies - $500 each

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GPS Constellation

This Week's Technical Tutorial—Satellites

Gravity and satellite orbits
As satellites orbit the Earth they are pulled back in by the force of the gravitational field. If they did not have any motion of their own they would fall back to Earth, burning up in the upper reaches of the atmosphere. Instead the motion of the satellite rotating around the Earth has a force associated with it pushing it away from the Earth. For any given orbit there is a speed for which gravity and the centrifugal force balance each other and the satellite remains in a stable orbit, neither gaining height nor loosing it.

Obviously the lower the satellites orbit the Earth, the stronger the gravitational pull, and this means that the satellite must travel faster to counteract this pull. Further away the gravitational field is less and the satellite velocities are correspondingly less. For a very low orbit of around 100 miles a velocity of about 17,500 miles per hour is needed and this means that the satellite will orbit the Earth in about 90 minutes. At an altitude of 22,000 miles a velocity of just less than 7,000 miles per hour is needed giving an orbit time of about 24 hours.

Circular and elliptical orbit definition
A satellites orbit the Earth in one of two basic types of orbit. The most obvious is a circular orbit where the distance from the Earth remains the same at all times. A second type of satellite orbit is an elliptical one.

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Satellite orbits

When satellites orbit the Earth, either in a circular or elliptical orbit, the satellite orbit forms a plane that passes through the centre of gravity or geo-centre of the Earth. The rotation around the Earth is also categorized. It may be in the same direction as the Earth's rotation when it is said to be posigrade, or it may be in the opposite direction when it is retrograde.

The track of the satellite around the globe is often defined as well. The point on the Earth's surface where the satellite is directly overhead moves around the globe. This is known as the ground track. This forms a circle which has the geo-centre at its centre. It is worth noting that geo-stationary satellites are a special case as they appear directly over the same point of the Earth all the time. This means that their ground track consists of a single point on the Earth's equator. Also for satellites with equatorial orbits the ground track is along the equator.

Satellites may also be in other orbits. These will cross the equator twice, once in a northerly direction, and once in a southerly direction. The point at which the ground-track crosses the equator is known as a node. There are two, and the one where the ground-track passes from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere is called the ascending node. The one where the ground-track passes from the northern to the southern hemisphere is called the descending node. For these orbits it is usually found that the ground-track shifts towards the west for each orbit because the Earth is rotating towards the east underneath the satellite.

For many orbit calculations it is necessary to consider the height of the satellite above the geo-centre This is the height above the Earth plus the radius of the Earth. This is generally taken to be 3,960 miles or 6,370 km.

Velocity is another important factor as already seen. For a circular orbit it is always the same. However in the case of an elliptical one this is not the case as the speed changes dependent upon the position in the orbit. It reaches a maximum when it is closest to the Earth and it has to combat the greatest gravitational pull, and it is at its lowest speed when it is furthest away.

Elliptical orbits are often used, particularly for satellites that only need to cover a portion of the Earth's surface. For any ellipse, there are two focal points, and one of these is the geo-centre of the Earth. Another feature of an elliptical orbit is that there are two other major points. One is where the satellite is furthest from the Earth. This point is known as the apogee. The point where it is closest to the Earth is known as the perigee.

The plane of a satellite orbit is also important. Some may orbit around the equator, whereas others may have different orbits. The angle of inclination of a satellite orbit is shown below. It is the angle between a line perpendicular to the plane of the orbit and a line passing through the poles. This means that an orbit directly above the equator will have an inclination of 0 degrees (or 180 degrees), and one passing over the poles will have an angle of 90 degrees. Those orbits above the equator are generally called equatorial obits, whilst those above the poles are called polar orbits.

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Angle of inclination of a satellite orbit

A further feature of any satellite is the angle of elevation above the Earth's surface at a given position on the Earth and a given time. It is very important because the Earth station will only be able to maintain contact with the satellite when it is visible. The angle of elevation is the angle at which the satellite appears above the horizontal. If the angle is too small then signals may be obstructed by nearby objects if the antenna is not very high. For those antennas that have an unobstructed view there are still problems with small angles of elevation. The reason is that signals have to travel through more of the Earth's atmosphere and are subjected to higher levels of attenuation as a result. An angle of five degrees is generally accepted as the minimum angle for satisfactory operation.

In order that a satellite can be used for communications purposes the ground station must be able to follow it in order to receive its signal, and transmit back to it. Communications will naturally only be possible when it is visible, and dependent upon the orbit it may only be visible for a short period of time. To ensure that communication is possible for the maximum amount of time there are a number of options that can be employed. The first is to use an elliptical orbit where the apogee is above the planned Earth station so that the satellite remains visible for the maximum amount of time. Another option is to launch a number of satellites with the same orbit so that when one disappears from view, and communications are lost, another one appears. Generally three satellites are required to maintain almost uninterrupted communication. However the handover from one satellite to the next introduces additional complexity into the system, as well as having a requirement for at least three satellites.

Circular orbits
Circular orbits are classified in a number of ways. Terms such as Low Earth orbit, Geo-stationary orbit and the like detail distinctive elements of the orbit. A summary of circular orbit definitions is given in the table below:

Low Earth Orbit LEO 200-1,200 KM
[124-746 Miles]
Medium Earth Orbit MEO 1200-35,790 KM
[746-22,244 Miles]
Geo-synchronous Orbit GSO 35,790 KM
[22,244 Miles]
Orbits once a day, but not necessarily in the same direction as the rotation of the Earth — not necessarily stationary
Geo-stationary Orbit GEO 35,790 KM
[22,244 Miles]
Orbits once a day and moves in the same direction as the Earth and therefore appears stationary above the same point on the Earth's surface. Can only be above the Equator.
High Earth Orbit HEO Above 35,790 KM
[22,244 Miles]

Satellite orbit definitions
The LEO and MEO are used for many types of satellite. As they are relatively close to the Earth's surface they orbit in times much shorter than those higher up. This is because there is a particular velocity required at any given altitude for the gravitational and centrifugal forces to balance. Also the path loss to and from the satellite is much lower in view of the shorter radio paths involved.

As the height of a satellite increases, so the time for the satellite to orbit increases. At a height of 35,790 km, it takes 24 hours for the satellite to orbit. This type of orbit is known as a geo-synchronous orbit, i.e. it is synchronized with the Earth.

One particular form of geo-synchronous orbit is known as a geo-stationary orbit. In this type of orbit the satellite rotates in the same direction as the rotation of the Earth and has a 24 hour period. This means that it revolves at the same angular velocity as the Earth and in the same direction and therefore remains in the same position relative to the Earth. Geo-stationary orbits are very popular because once the Earth station is set onto the satellite it can remain in the same position, and no tracking is normally necessary. This considerably simplifies the design and construction of the antenna. For direct broadcast satellites it means that people with dishes outside the home do not need to adjust them once they have been directed towards the satellite.

Once in a geo-stationary orbit, the satellite needs to be kept in its position and not drift. Small rockets are installed on a satellite to ensure that any deviations can be corrected.

The path length to any geo-stationary satellite is a minimum of 22,300 miles. This gives a small but significant delay of around 120 milliseconds dependent upon the actual position of the ground station on the earth's surface. Thus the round trip from the ground to the satellite and back is roughly a quarter of a second. Therefore to obtain a response in a conversation can take half a second as the signal must pass through the satellite twice — once on the outward journey to the remote listener, and then again with the response. This delay can make telephone conversations rather difficult when satellite links are used. It can also be seen when news reporters as using satellite links. When asked a question from the broadcasters studio, the reporter appears to take some time to answer. This delay is the reason why may long distance links use cables rather than satellites as the delays incurred are far less.

In some applications high Earth orbits may be required. For these applications the satellite will take longer than 24 hours to orbit the Earth, and path lengths may become very long resulting in additional delays for the round trip from the Earth to the satellite and back as well as increasing the levels of path loss.


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

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Hark Technologies

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Wireless Communication Solutions

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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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Other products

  • Please see our web site for other products including Internet Messaging Gateways, Unified Messaging Servers, test equipment, and Paging Terminals.
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Private equity firm Francisco Partners to buy EF Johnson

Monday, May 17, 2010, 2:08pm CDT

EF Johnson Technologies Inc., a company that manufactures emergency radios for first responders, said Monday it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Francisco Partners, a private equity fund based in San Francisco.

As part of the agreement, EF Johnson (Nasdaq: EFJI) stockholders will receive $1.05 per share in cash at closing. As of Monday afternoon, EF Johnson stock was priced at $1.02 per share. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of the year.

In addition, Irving-based EF Johnson Technologies reported Monday that it posted net income of $190,000 in the first quarter, or one cent per share, on revenue of $29.3 million. That compares to a net loss of $1.6 million, or six cents per share, on revenue of $22.1 million a year earlier.

The company’s gross profit grew by $3 million, or 41 percent, hitting $10.4 million during the first quarter, up from $7.4 million a year earlier.

EF Johnson Chairman and CEO Michael Jalbert said the company’s first-quarter results include shipping orders that were not recorded in the fourth quarter and an acceleration of orders that were previously forecast to be posted in the second quarter. The result of the order acceleration could be lower second quarter revenue, Jalbert said in a statement.

Source: Dallas Business Journal

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Paging Equipment For Sale

From: Jerry Nelson
Subject: paging equipment
Date: May 11, 2010 2:57:20 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye

Following is the list of equipment, hope this answers everyone's questions. This new list will appear in Brad's next newsletter. I am currently in California but will return to Chicago where the equipment is located on May 21st. I intend to sell off all the equipment by the end of May.

Make an offer or call with questions.

Jerry Nelson

CA: 760-564-0732 until May 19th

IL: 815-459-9274 after May 20th

Cell: 815-519-3949


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#1 Motorola SpectraTac RX C05RTB-1108B SN 273CTJ0036 R931.4875

#2 Motorola TX Q1404D SN ST5521 T152.510 R157.770 80W @ TX 50W @ duplexer (Station includes duplexer)

#3 Motorola PURC Link Repeater C42JZB-6106AC 486CSS0071 T75.90 0 R72.720 2 Complete stations With Hot Standby Panel! Tested OK

#4 Motorola PURC 5000 TX C85JLB-1101A 611QND040 T931.4875

#5 Glenayre 900 MHz 250 Watt Power Amplifier from T8500 station… clean and intact!

#6 Motorola Nucleus VHF TX T5482A 711EVY23FT T158.100 R72.800

#7 Glenayre 900 MHz TX T-8500 Q99160030 T929.2125+ C2000 Controller w V3.40 software! TX/RX Systems NPCS Duplexer for dual diversity #26-88-98551 TX Bandpass 928-941MHz RX Bandpass 901-902 MHz

#8 Glenayre 900 MHz TX T-8500 Q99160031 T929.3375+ C2000 Controller w V3.40 software! TX/RX Systems NPCS Duplexer for dual diversity #26-88-98551 TX Bandpass 928-941 MHz RX Bandpass 901-902 MHz No Receiver!

#9 Motorola PURC UHF TX B84JZB-1101B 486CNE0116 T454.375 R72.320 Eimac PA #CV400-3 #1465 High Stability Oscillator

#10 Motorola PURC 5000 VHF TX C93JLB-1101A 611CRC0096 T158.100 R75.540 Has Advanced Control unit!

#11 DB Products RX multicoupler #D80530 R50-88 MHz One input/4 output with Amp module!

#12 Motorola SpectraTac RX C05RTB-1108B SN 273CTJ0033 R931.4875

#13 Motorola Nucleus 900 MHz T5482A T931.487 with C-Net controller

#14 SkyData 8466B Satellite RX

#15 SpaceCom M2000AP Satellite RX

Photos of all equipment available on request.

E-mail: left arrow Click here to send Jerry Nelson an e-mail.

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