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AAPC Wireless Messaging News

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FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 26, 2010 - ISSUE NO. 396

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Greetings to all the friends of Wireless Messaging. We have a big issue of the newsletter this week. Please take the time to read it — there are many important issues that you need to know about.

As always, your comments will be appreciated. This is where you can express your opinions.

By the way, speaking of self expression, here is something that I read a while ago that we all should follow:

There are three ways we can express ourselves

1. Aggressively
2. Passively
3. Assertively

When we speak aggressively, we sometimes offend others, and frequently create long-lasting resentments. When we speak passively (or not at all) we give up our right of free speech and we may lose self respect. To speak assertively means that we can express ourselves to others in a way that allows us to fully illustrate our ideas, beliefs, and view points — without causing hurt feelings or resentments.

So if you want to assert your opinions about wireless messaging, this is the place to do it.

To assert i.e., to state clearly and strongly.

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This week's Wireless News Headlines:

  • Global Paging Convention—June 16 - 18, 2010 Charleston, SC
  • USA Mobility Reports Fourth Quarter and 2009 Operating Results
  • Editor's Analysis
    • US Paging Market Report
  • Prepared Remarks on Broadband by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski
  • More Prepared Remarks on Broadband by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski
  • U.S. Refines Quake Alerts
  • BloostonLaw Telecom Update
    • FCC proposes changes to procedural, ex parte rules.
    • NPRM launched on 700 MHz band equipment design, procurement practices.
    • FCC unveils certain parts of National Broadband Plan.
    • FCC allows E-rate schools to give communities access to broadband during non-operating hours.
    • House panel seeks info from rural telcos on access charges, traffic pumping.
  • Will Motorola Move to California?
  • Motorola Golden-i, Virtual Display for Outdoor Types
  • PC World's Performance Test
  • Letters To The Editor
    • Anonymous
    • Radio Club d'Haiti
    • Thomas Braun
  • Thought For The Week

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Federal Communications Commission
For all of us who are involved in any form of wireless here in the USA, anything that the FCC does, or is thinking about doing, will surly affect us. I am reprinting two speeches given by FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski this week.
Just think of it as your "homework assignment."

Now on to more news and views.

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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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aapc logo American Association of Paging Carriers


Global Paging Convention
June 16 - 18, 2010
Charleston, SC
The Mills House


For pricing information, contact, Linda at or 1-910-632-9442

In the main registration area for the conference, we will have a “shared” table available for you to place either a “freebie” or a promotional piece for the attendees to take at their leisure. In addition to the ability to distribute marketing collateral to the participants, you will also receive 1 complimentary registration.

Table top space is available for your company to display your products and services. This can also serve as a meeting space for you to arrange discussions. Please note this is not a “full booth” display and table tops will be located in the main corridor outside the general session room, therefore you are not required to stay and staff your booth throughout the conference.


  • Six-foot draped table for you to display your wares. You may use a pop-up display instead of the table as long as it does not exceed 10 feet in width
  • Two complimentary conference registrations
  • A 10 minute opportunity for you to present your products to the general audience; this will be scheduled as appropriate in the conference agenda
  • Post-conference participant list, which includes name, company, address, and e-mail
  • Your company information and description in the conference materials and on the web site
  • Opportunity to place a one-page company promotional flyer “freebie” on the literature table for attendees

There are several sponsorships also available and specific packages may be developed. Contact Linda for information.

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Thanks to our Premier Vendor!

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Prism Paging

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Thanks to our Silver Vendors!

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Recurrent Software Solutions, Inc.
Unication USA

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Thanks to our Bronze Vendors!

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Advertiser Index

AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
CVC Paging Preferred Wireless
Daviscomms USA Prism Paging
Easy Solutions Ron Mercer
GTES—Global Technical Engineering Solutions UCOM Paging
Hark Technologies Unication USA
HMCE, Inc. United Communications Corp.
Northeast Paging WiPath Communications

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Investor Relations - Press Release

USA Mobility Reports Fourth Quarter and 2009 Operating Results

  • Announces Regular Quarterly Cash Distribution
  • Subscriber and Revenue Trends Improve;
  • Operating Expenses Decline;
  • $45.5 Million in Capital Returned to Stockholders in 2009

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb 24, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging and communications services, today announced operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2009.

In addition, the Company's Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash distribution of $0.25 per share. The cash distribution will be paid on March 31, 2010 to stockholders of record on March 17, 2010. The Company expects the entire amount of the cash distribution to be paid as a return of capital.

For the fourth quarter, total revenues were $65.4 million, compared to $69.5 million in the third quarter of 2009 and $84.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and accretion) was $21.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to $29.8 million in the year-earlier quarter. Fourth quarter operating income was $12.2 million, compared to $18.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2008, while net income was $3.6 million, or $0.16 per fully diluted share, compared to $8.0 million, or $0.32 per fully diluted share, in the year-earlier quarter.

For the full-year 2009, revenues totaled $289.7 million, compared to $359.4 million in 2008, while EBITDA was $99.3 million, or 34.3 percent of revenue, compared to $115.9 million, or 32.2 percent of revenue, in the prior year. The Company reported net income for 2009 of $67.6 million, or $2.90 per fully diluted share, compared to a net loss of $157.1 million, or $5.83 per fully diluted share, for 2008. The prior year loss resulted from the goodwill impairment in the first quarter of 2008 for which the Company incurred a $188.2 million non-cash expense to write-off its entire goodwill balance. Absent the goodwill write-down, net income for 2008 would have been $31.1 million, or $1.15 per fully diluted share.

Key results and highlights for the fourth quarter and 2009 included:

  • Net unit losses were 115,000 in the fourth quarter, compared to 152,000 in the third quarter and 187,000 in the year-earlier quarter, while the quarterly rate of unit erosion decreased to 5.0 percent from 6.2 percent in the third quarter. The annual rate of unit erosion was 22.5 percent in 2009, compared to 19.2 percent in 2008. Net unit losses were 633,000 in 2009 versus 670,000 in 2008. Units in service at year-end 2009 totaled 2,182,000, compared to 2,815,000 a year earlier.
  • The quarterly rate of revenue erosion improved to 5.9 percent in the fourth quarter from 7.5 percent in the third quarter. The year-over-year rate of revenue decline increased to 19.4 percent in 2009 from 15.3 percent in 2008.
  • Operating expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization, accretion and goodwill impairment) were $44.4 million for the fourth quarter, a reduction of $10.1 million, or 18.5 percent, from $54.4 million in the year-earlier quarter. For the full year, operating expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization, accretion and goodwill impairment) declined by $53.1 million, or 21.8 percent, to $190.4 million from $243.5 million in 2008. Expense reduction during the year was largely the result of continued network rationalization, staff reductions and implementation of other company-wide cost efficiencies.
  • Average revenue per unit (ARPU) was $8.88 for the fourth quarter, compared to $8.89 in the third quarter and $8.71 in the fourth quarter of 2008. For the year, ARPU totaled $8.77, compared to $8.64 in 2008.
  • EBITDA as a percentage of revenue, or EBITDA margin, was 32.2 percent in the fourth quarter, compared to 35.4 percent the year-earlier quarter.
  • Capital expenses were $5.0 million in the fourth quarter versus $4.2 million in the year-earlier quarter. For 2009, capital expenses totaled $17.2 million, compared to $18.3 million in 2008.
  • The Company generated $84.8 million in cash during the year from operating and investing activities and had a cash balance of $109.6 million at December 31, 2009.
  • During the year the Company distributed to stockholders total cash distributions of $2.00 per share of common stock, representing a return of capital to stockholders of $45.5 million.
  • The number of full-time equivalent employees declined from 811 at the beginning of the year to 672 at year-end as a result of various consolidation and expense control initiatives.

"We again made excellent progress in the fourth quarter and throughout 2009," said Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer. "Despite a struggling economy, high unemployment and ongoing industry challenges, we continued to operate the Company profitably while meeting our primary performance goals, including reducing expenses, increasing revenue per unit and operating margins, enhancing organizational efficiencies and concentrating selling and marketing around our core market segments, especially Healthcare. At the same time, we met our goal of generating a high enough level of cash flow to return significant capital to stockholders."

Kelly said subscriber and revenue trends, which had deteriorated during the first three quarters of 2009, improved in the fourth quarter as general economic conditions began to stabilize. "We were pleased to see modest improvement in the pace of subscriber and revenue erosion during the quarter as our net loss rates reached their lowest level in more than 18 months. Whether these trends are sustainable, it's too early to say," he added; "however, we are encouraged by the positive results and hopeful that these early signs of an economic recovery will continue and favorably impact our future operating performance. Clearly, we are much more optimistic about subscriber trends today than we were a year ago."

During 2009, Kelly noted, the Company continued to focus its sales and marketing efforts around its Healthcare market segment, which represented 57.6 percent of the Company's direct subscriber base at year-end as well as 51.5 percent of direct paging revenue in the fourth quarter. "Healthcare continues to be our best performing market segment, contributing two-thirds of our direct gross placements in the fourth quarter, while net churn among Healthcare accounts remained significantly lower than for all other subscriber segments."

Kelly said USA Mobility paid cash distributions to stockholders totaling $2.00 per share during 2009, including regular quarterly cash distributions of $0.25 per share and a special cash distribution of $1.00 per share in the first quarter, representing a return of capital totaling $45.5 million. "We were delighted to be able to return capital to stockholders during the year consistent with our stated capital allocation strategy. Over the past five years we have now returned $322.4 million to our stockholders. In addition," he noted, "we repurchased $42.9 million of our common stock since the inception of our stock buy-back program." Kelly said the Company expects to continue to operate the business consistent with its goal of producing sufficient cash flow to return capital to stockholders. "However," he cautioned, "the rate at which the Company will continue to return capital to stockholders, either in the form of cash distributions or share repurchases, will depend largely on future operating results as well as economic factors and other business opportunities."

Thomas L. Schilling, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, said: "Overall, our 2009 operating results were very strong. Although we continued to operate in a challenging environment, we expanded our EBITDA and net operating cash flow after investing activities to 34.3 percent and 29.3 percent, respectively, in the face of a 19.4 percent decline in revenue. At the same time, ARPU remained strong, operating and capital expenses declined, and we generated net operating cash flow after investing activities of $84.8 million."

Schilling added: "For the year, operating expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization, accretion and goodwill impairment) declined 21.8 percent from 2008, outpacing the 19.4 percent year-over-year decline in revenues. In fact, costs in 2009 declined faster than revenues for the fourth straight year. Expense savings were largely the result of significant progress in our network rationalization program, including lower site rents, combined with staff reductions and various cost savings initiatives implemented throughout the Company." Schilling noted positive results for the fourth quarter included "improvement in the rate of unit and revenue erosion to 5.0 percent and 5.9 percent, respectively, from 6.2 percent and 7.5 percent in the third quarter, while total paging ARPU increased to $8.88 in the fourth quarter from $8.71 in the fourth quarter of 2008."

Commenting on the Company's financial guidance, Schilling said: "We are pleased the financial guidance we provided for 2009 was either within or better than our target estimates. "Total revenue of $289.7 million was within our guidance range of $286 million to $291 million; operating expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization and accretion) of $190.4 million were better than the guidance range of $194 million to $197 million; and capital expenses of $17.2 million were within the guidance range of $16 million to $18 million. With respect to guidance for 2010, the Company expects revenue to be in a range from $228 million to $238 million, operating expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization and accretion) to be in a range from $158 million to $163 million, and capital expenses in a range from $10 million to $12 million."

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USA Mobility plans to host a conference call for investors on its fourth quarter and 2009 results at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, February 25, 2010. The dial-in number for the call is 877-419-6600 (toll-free) or 719-325-4839 (toll). The pass code for the call is 1151304. A replay of the call will be available from 3:00 p.m. ET on February 25 until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 11. The replay number is 888-203-1112 (toll-free) or 719-457-0820 (toll). The pass code for the replay is 1151304.

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About USA Mobility

USA Mobility, Inc., headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a comprehensive provider of reliable and affordable wireless communications solutions to the healthcare, government, large enterprise and emergency response sectors. As a single-source provider, USA Mobility's focus is on the business-to-business marketplace and supplying wireless connectivity solutions. The Company operates the largest one-way paging and advanced two-way paging networks in the United States. In addition, USA Mobility offers mobile voice and data services through Sprint Nextel, including BlackBerry(R) smartphones and GPS location applications. The Company's product offerings include customized wireless connectivity systems for the healthcare, government and other campus environments. USA Mobility also offers M2M (machine-to-machine) telemetry solutions for numerous applications that include asset tracking, utility meter reading and other remote device monitoring applications on a national scale. For further information visit

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act: Statements contained herein or in prior press releases which are not historical fact, such as statements regarding USA Mobility's future operating and financial performance, are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause USA Mobility's actual results to be materially different from the future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expectations include, but are not limited to, declining demand for paging products and services, the ability to continue to reduce operating expenses, future capital needs, competitive pricing pressures, competition from both traditional paging services and other wireless communications services, government regulation, reliance upon third-party providers for certain equipment and services, as well as other risks described from time to time in periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although USA Mobility believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. USA Mobility disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Source: USA Mobility arrow (The Financial Tables are included in the source document.)

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Editor's Analysis

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Units In Service—Year-end totals of combined one-way and two-way paging devices—were taken from USA Mobility's Quarterly Operating Results as found on their Investor Relations web site.

2004 was the first year that Arch and Metrocall reports were consolidated.

In the 2005 to 2006 time frame, I estimated that USA Mobility had a 58 to 60% share of the total US Subscriber Paging Market. My estimate for the end of 2009 is that USA Mobility's share is now closer to 50% since some of their subscriber erosion has been the result of churn to regional and local paging carriers, and not forever lost to cell phones. So continuing with this logic, my "best guess" is that the current total US Subscriber Paging Market is approximately 4.36 million Units In Service (UIS).

According to estimates that I hear from my paging friends, the US Private Paging Market is equal to or slightly greater than the Subscriber Paging Market.

So then my rough guess is that there are about 8 to 9 million paging devices currently in use in the USA. That includes both one-way and two-way paging devices. It does not include any wireless messaging functions that are incorporated into cellular telephones or wireless smart phones.

The difference between a "guess" and a consultant's more formal "estimate" is the amount of time spent in obtaining and analyzing the data. Since no one paid me for doing this report, I didn't spend a lot of time on the telephone interviewing carriers as I have done in previous years. This is my best guess. Your comments are welcome. Tracking the size of our industry should be a community effort.

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Prepared Remarks Chairman Julius Genachowski
Federal Communications Commission

Public Safety Briefing
Washington, D.C.
February 25, 2010

Good morning. In the Recovery Act, Congress tasked the FCC with developing a strategic plan for our country with respect to the future of broadband.

The National Broadband Plan will fulfill the promise of broadband to connect America and all its people to a bright future, and it will include a series of recommendations for how broadband can help address national priorities.

One key national priority that Congress and the President specifically required, and that I personally believe is paramount, is a strategy for public safety broadband use.

I’d like to spend just a few minutes to highlight some of the working recommendations related to public safety and homeland security that will be addressed in the National Broadband Plan.

The Chief of the Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Admiral Jamie Barnett will expand upon these working recommendations, but I want to begin by underscoring the importance and seriousness of this task, and the ways in which it is personal to me, as it is to so many Americans.

During college I trained and was certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, served on ambulances, and taught CPR. One of the main reasons I have enormous respect for the vital work that first responders perform in protecting us and in saving lives is that I saw it first hand.

In addition, when the planes hit the World Trade Center on 9/11, I was not far away, and my wife was closer. My brother, who worked very near the World Trade Center, had traveled in the subway under the Towers shortly before they fell.

So when I read the 9/11 Commission recommendations, including the recommendation for an interoperable public safety network, I see them in this light.

Our goal is to develop the best short-term and long-term plans for America’s first responders. Public safety must have consistent and prompt access to secure, robust networks of the highest quality and first responders should be equipped with state-of-the- art devices and applications that are 100 percent interoperable and easy to use.

Early in my tenure as Chairman, I directed the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to look at how we can best serve public safety for both day-to-day advanced communications capabilities and critical communications services during a time of crisis.

As with other aspects of the Plan, staff was directed to begin anew, not take anything for granted, be data-driven and creative, and come up with the best policy recommendations to achieve success.

Under Admiral Barnett’s leadership, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, working closely with other FCC Bureaus and Offices, and the entire Broadband Team, has done just that. They have developed a comprehensive gameplan for public safety as part of the National Broadband Plan to address vitally important issues and propose real solutions.

The public safety portion of the National Broadband Plan will address three general areas relating to public safety and homeland security. The Plan will:

  • Recommend concrete steps for the deployment of a nationwide interoperable wireless broadband network for public safety.
  • Focus on increasing cybersecurity and critical infrastructure survivability of broadband networks.
  • Propose measures to advance Next Generation 9-1-1 services and new public alerting initiatives that leverage broadband technology.

I would like to briefly address what we see as the top priority for public safety — ensuring that public safety has nationwide access to interoperable broadband wireless communications.

As you know, this is a very difficult and complex issue, where the Commission’s first effort was not successful. Therefore, I asked Admiral Barnett to lead the effort of taking a fresh and critical look at all options to achieve the goal of deploying a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband wireless network as soon as possible, including the role that the D Block should have with respect to public safety.

I believe they have done so. The recommendations in the Broadband Plan will lay out a course to will achieve our national public safety goal — a goal that is long overdue.

The Plan that the team has developed is the best and shortest path to a nationwide interoperable broadband network for public safety. The Plan:

  • Ensures that broadband wireless communications for public safety will be fully interoperable across all geographies and jurisdictions.
  • Ensures nationwide coverage.
  • Provides for funding for the construction, operation and evolution of the public safety network.
  • Provides for reserve capacity and needed redundancy and reliability through roaming and priority access on commercial broadband networks.
  • Ensures that public safety will have available to it cutting-edge technology, including handsets, at consumer electronic prices.

How does the Plan do it?

First, one of the essential recommendations in the public safety portion of the Plan is for the creation of an Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC) at the FCC to establish a technical framework that will guarantee nationwide interoperability from the start.

Second, to ensure that we have nationwide coverage and the public safety network is redundant and resilient, there is a need for a significant funding commitment both initially and over time.

The Plan will recommend that Congress consider significant public funding — $16-18 Billion over 10 years — for the creation of a federal grant program to help support network construction, operation and evolution of the pubic safety broadband network.

This is important. We have gone too long with little progress to show for it.

The private sector simply is not going to build a nationwide, state-of-the-art, interoperable broadband network for public safety on its own dime.

Local municipalities and states can certainly contribute some amount to sustaining any network that is built.

But the bottom line is that if we want to deliver on what our first responders need to protect our communities and loved ones, public money will need to be put toward tackling this national priority.

It is in this context that the Broadband team is recommending that we move forward with a D Block auction.

And in order to ensure sufficient reserve capacity for the network, as well as redundancy and resiliency, the Plan envisions that public safety will be able to access not just the D Block spectrum, but the entire 700 MHz band through roaming and priority access arrangements.

Rather than solely focusing on just the D-Block, through the Plan, public safety isn’t limited to 10 or even 20 megahertz of spectrum, but could have access to as much as 80 megahertz under these arrangements.

Fourth, we must ensure that the public safety community has access to a competitive environment to ensure the deployment of their network. To that end, our approach does not limit the public safety community to one potential partner. Instead, public safety can select any commercial operator it determines it is appropriate or, if it prefers, a systems integrator to partner with.

Finally, we recognize that in the long run, we will need to identify additional spectrum for broadband as demand increases. The Broadband Plan therefore proposes a medium and long-term strategy to obtain additional spectrum resources for broadband use.

I recognize that public safety users and first responders, like commercial users, may need additional broadband capacity over time — particularly in major markets — and the Plan anticipates this. While that does not include a recommendation of reallocating the D Block at this time, I am committed to identifying additional spectrum resources for public safety broadband as the need for broadband grows over time.

It is critical that we get these policies right for the country. This is why the team has dedicated so much time and so many resources to carefully evaluating the network requirements for first responders. In this process, the team received valuable input from many different sectors, including, of course, particularly from the public safety community, our federal, state, tribal and local partners, the communications industry and the public.


Source: FCC

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Prepared Remarks of
Chairman Julius Genachowski
Federal Communications Commission
New America Foundation
Washington, D.C.
February 24, 2010

"Mobile Broadband:
A 21st Century Plan for U.S. Competitiveness, Innovation and Job Creation"

Thank you Steve for that introduction, and thanks to the New America Foundation for hosting today’s event.

I want to recognize New America for its thought leadership on communications and spectrum issues, in particular, the work of Michael Calabrese on your Wireless Future Program and Sascha Meinrath on the Open Technology Initiative.

New America has filed extensive and specific comments on our National Broadband Plan. Everyone here should know that we took them to heart, and if you have a problem with the substance of my remarks or the Plan, you should take it up with Steve Coll, not me.

As many of you know, as part of the Recovery Act, Congress and the President charged the FCC with developing a strategy to bring high-speed Internet and its benefits to all Americans. Less than a month from now, we will deliver this National Broadband Plan to Congress.

In the past, I’ve likened the development of this plan to running a marathon at a sprinter’s pace. But as I was watching my required 3 hours of NBC last night, I realized that a more apt sports metaphor for the National Broadband Plan would be the Winter Olympics.

Let me explain:

First, the National Broadband Plan will be the culmination of a tremendous amount of hard work and effort.

For months a dedicated team has been working around the clock. A team that includes engineers, economists, and entrepreneurs; lawyers, academics, analysts, and consumer advocates; some of the very best public servants in the business, drawing from every bureau at the FCC.

They have been driven by the imperative of developing a meaningful plan for U.S. global leadership in broadband to create jobs and economic growth; to unleash new waves of innovation and investment; and to improve education, health care, energy efficiency, public safety, and the vibrancy of our democracy. Hats off to this world-class team.

The second way the National Broadband Plan is like the Olympics — the ultimate goal is to earn a gold medal for the United States.

The challenge is: we are lagging behind when it comes to broadband. Multiple studies have the U.S. ranked outside the top 10 when it comes to broadband penetration and speed. While some people take exception with those studies, few would suggest that we are leading the world in broadband, or are even as close as we should be.

And I can tell you from speaking to my counterparts in other countries, the rest of the world is not sitting around waiting for us to catch up.

Consider a study that Intel CEO Paul Ottelini described yesterday. The study ranked the U.S. 6th in the world in innovative competitiveness, and 40th out of the 40 countries ranked in “the rate of change in innovative capacity.”

The first of those rankings is enough of a concern. That last-place statistic is the canary in the coal mine.

The costs of our failure to lead are high.

As IBM CEO Sam Palmisano recently put it, “Without pervasive broadband, our country will not be prepared for a new world that is increasingly built on the fusion of the physical and the digital.”

For U.S. businesses to lead across the globe and for innovation to flourish at home, we need to invest in the infrastructure of the future: broadband.

We need robust and open broadband, flourishing with applications and services that we can only begin to imagine.

We have extraordinary capacity in the U.S. to build the best computers, chips, and applications in the world. But we are at risk of that asset being wasted if we don’t have great broadband infrastructure, wired and wireless.

It would be like having the technology for great electric cars, but terrible roads.

When it comes to mobile broadband, our goal is clear: To benefit all Americans and promote our global competitiveness, the U.S. must have the fastest, most robust, and most extensive mobile broadband networks, and the most innovative mobile broadband marketplace in the world.

This will be a core goal of our National Broadband Plan.

To meet that goal, our plan is ambitious but straightforward: Accelerate the broad deployment of mobile broadband by moving to recover and reallocate spectrum; update our 20th century spectrum policies to reflect 21st century technologies and opportunities; remove barriers to broadband buildout, lower the cost of deployment, and promote competition.

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No area of the broadband ecosystem holds more promise for transformational innovation than mobile.

Breakthrough new devices that put the power of a “PC-in-your-pocket,” combined with billions in network investments have liberated broadband from the desktop and made it possible to imagine a world where the Internet is available to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

And some of America’s greatest innovators have clearly been working overtime to seize the opportunity, as the iPad and the Kindle attest.

While mobile broadband is still in the preliminaries (to stick with the Olympics theme), we’ve seen enough to say some things definitively:

This is a sector that can fundamental transform our society and economy. Mobile broadband can be about job creation and economic growth.

Jobs in the mobile network economy — jobs building out and managing extensive mobile broadband networks.

And jobs in the mobile apps economy. According to Gartner research, $4.2 billion in mobile applications were sold last year – up from essentially zero just a couple of years ago. The number of apps has crossed 150,000.

Studies show that increases in mobile broadband adoption translate into increases in economic growth and job creation.

Mobile broadband can be about education.

Last week, a New York Times article described an Arizona school district that installed Wi-Fi on one if its school buses. The bus was instantly transformed into a rolling study hall. And if anyone ever doubts the power of mobile broadband tell them this: the driver says that bus of high school kids is now quiet.

Mobile broadband can be about healthcare.

Mobile medicine takes remote monitoring to a new level. A patient’s heart rhythm can be monitored continuously, regardless of her whereabouts, and diabetics can receive continuous, flexible insulin delivery through real-time glucose monitoring sensors that transmit date to wearable insulin pumps.

Mobile broadband can be about energy.

With mobile broadband, consumers and businesses can utilize Smart Grid-enabled information services. A whole new world of “energy apps” can adjust lights, heating, and cooling from a smartphone or netbook, saving electricity, saving our environment, and saving money to boot.

Mobile broadband can be about public safety.

With mobile broadband, EMTs can beam images of a patient wirelessly from the road so that emergency room doctors can review them while the patient is in transit. First responders can also access a patient’s medical records almost instantaneously when they arrive on the scene.

Mobile broadband can about 21st century government and enhanced civic engagement.

During the recent snowstorm, Howard County, Maryland equipped all 120 of its snow plows with GPS receivers. A website displayed the trucks’ positions and the status of county streets, and county residents could see which streets had been plowed, salted or sanded. Families who lost power used their smartphones as a lifeline, coordinating cleanup efforts.

We’re all seeing the ways in which mobile services like Twitter can enhance participation in public life – and of course that’s just the beginning.

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And so these early days of mobile broadband demonstrate tremendous opportunities. But they also reveal serious challenges to America’s hopes for global leadership in mobile. For starters, although the potential of mobile broadband is limitless, its oxygen supply is not.

Spectrum — our airwaves — really is the oxygen of mobile broadband service. Without sufficient spectrum, we will starve mobile broadband of the nourishment it needs to thrive as a platform for innovation, job creation and economic growth.

And the fact is America is facing a looming spectrum crunch.

As part of our broadband process the FCC received a letter from over a hundred companies — including Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, and Verizon – entities representing billions in investment and millions of American jobs. These companies were united in telling the FCC [quote]: “Without more spectrum, America’s global leadership in innovation and technology is threatened.”

Let’s look at some numbers.

Mobile data usage is not just growing, it’s exploding.

AT&T reports that its mobile data traffic is up 5,000% over the past three years.

That’s not surprising when you consider that a typical smartphone generates 30 times the traffic of a traditional data-enabled phone — and a netbook generates 450 times more traffic.

According to Cisco, North American wireless networks carried 17 petabytes per month in 2009. By 2014, they are projected to carry 740 petabytes per month.

Now even if you think a petabyte is something that sends you to the emergency room, you know that that’s a game-changing trajectory.

There is spectrum coming to market. Counting 2008’s 700 MHz auction, the FCC in recent years has authorized a 3-fold increase in commercial spectrum for mobile broadband. But that increase will not allow us to keep pace with an estimated 30-fold increase in traffic.

While the spectrum crunch is a serious obstacle threatening the growth of mobile broadband, it is not the only one.

Wireless providers also face red tape and needless barriers, which slow deployment and increase the costs of investment.

The costs of obtaining permits and leasing pole attachments and rights of way can amount to 20 percent of fiber deployment, which is necessary for wireless networks as well as wired networks. With our tower-siting shot-clock order in November, the Commission has already begun taking action to cut red tape, lower the costs of investment, and accelerate network deployments — but more needs to be done.

Another serious problem is that the mobile broadband revolution is not reaching all Americans.

Many homes are technically passed by mobile broadband networks, but still cannot get a clear signal inside their home. And a mobile divide is an increasingly important part of the digital divide. In Alaska, for example, 23% of its population doesn't have access to 3G mobile broadband. In West Virginia, at least 29% of its population lacks coverage. We also see disproportionately low adoption rates among certain populations, such as persons with disabilities.

A final major issue: we are still way behind on communications interoperability for first responders, years after a call to action was issued by the 9/11 Commission. And the situation is even worse when it comes to mobile broadband for first responders. While a portion of the 700 MHz spectrum has been allocated for public safety broadband use, our country still needs to build out that network.

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With our National Broadband Plan, the Commission will lay out its most dramatic actions yet to position America as a global leader in mobile broadband innovation.

What are we going to do?

The Broadband Plan will represent the first important step in what, my colleague, FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, has urged us to pursue: “an ongoing strategic planning process on spectrum policy — to ensure that the agency’s stewardship of the public’s airwaves is smart, future-oriented, and serves as an ongoing engine of innovation and investment.”

First, we are going to announce a gameplan to unleash more spectrum for mobile broadband.

The National Broadband Plan will set a goal of freeing up 500 Megahertz of spectrum over the next decade. We will work closely with NTIA to do so.

One of the best ways for us to achieve the right balance in the supply and demand of spectrum is to establish market-based mechanisms that enable spectrum intended for the commercial marketplace to flow to the uses the market values most.

The Broadband Plan will recommend one such mechanism. It will propose a “Mobile Future Auction” — an auction permitting existing spectrum licensees, such as television broadcasters in spectrum-starved markets, to voluntarily relinquish spectrum in exchange for a share of auction proceeds, and allow spectrum sharing and other spectrum efficiency measures.

Now, I’ve mentioned broadcast spectrum — so let me be clear: the recommendation is for a voluntary program.

While overwhelmingly — roughly 90% — of Americans receive their broadcast TV programming in most major markets through cable wires or satellite signals, there are still millions of Americans who receive TV through over-the-air antenna TV. Broadcasters would be able to continue to serve their communities with free over-the-air local news, information, and entertainment; and they would be able to experiment mobile TV.

The Mobile Future Auction would allow broadcasters to elect to participate in a mechanism that could save costs for broadcasters while also being a major part of the solution to one of our country’s most significant challenges.

Why look at broadcast spectrum as a major part of our spectrum strategic planning?

First, a broad range of analysts, companies and trade associations participating in our Broadband proceeding agree that a clear candidate for allocation is spectrum in the broadcast TV bands.

They point to a massive amount of unlocked value in that spectrum, which has characteristics that make it particularly suitable for mobile broadband — one study suggests that as much as $50 billion in value could be unlocked if we adopted policies to convert some of the broadcast spectrum to mobile broadband. This suggests that there are inefficiencies in the current allocation.

A second reason is that the highly valuable spectrum currently allocated for broadcast television is not being used efficiently — indeed, much is not being used at all.

About 300 megahertz of spectrum have been set aside for broadcast TV. In markets with less than 1 million people, only 36 megahertz are typically used for broadcasting. In cities with more than 1 million people, on average about 100 megahertz are used. Even in our very largest cities, at most only about 150 megahertz out of 300 megahertz are used.

This is true even after the recent reallocation for digital television, which freed up some spectrum for mobile broadband. New technologies allow — indeed, they require — new strategic planning to ensure the most efficient use of spectrum, a vital public resource, especially given our broadband needs.

Because of the billions of dollars of unlocked value in broadcast spectrum, and because of the current inefficient spectrum allocation, the Mobile Future Auction is a win-win proposal: for broadcasters, who win more flexibility to pursue business models to serve their local communities; and for the public, which wins more innovation in mobile broadband services, continued free, over-the-air television, and the benefits of the proceeds of new and substantial auction revenues.

One thing is clear. It typically takes quite some time from the beginning to end of a Commission strategic spectrum reallocation process. But the clock is ticking on our country’s mobile broadband leadership opportunity and our global competitiveness challenge, and we have to get started.

Our Plan for mobile broadband will also recommend applying a flexible approach to other frequency bands, where our rules — technical rules, service rules — may be holding back the broadband potential of large swaths of spectrum. We need to bring our spectrum policies into the 21st century.

The Plan proposes resolving longstanding debates about how to maximize the value of spectrum in bands such as the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) or Wireless Communications Service (WCS) by giving licensees the option of new flexibility to put the spectrum toward mobile broadband use—or the option of voluntarily transferring the license to someone else who will.

Vital elements of the Commission’s charter are to ensure that, in exercising our responsibilities with respect to spectrum, we promote competition and ensure that spectrum use is in the public interest, and of course all spectrum policy decisions will be made with that in mind.

In addition, our National Broadband Plan will encourage innovative ways of using of spectrum, including what some call “opportunistic” uses, to encourage the development of new technologies and new spectrum policy models.

Unlicensed spectrum, for example, has been a proven testbed for emerging competition, injecting new investment and innovation into the marketplace, and spawning new services and devices from Bluetooth to WiFi technology. The market for WiFi network equipment alone is about $4 billion a year, and analysts project the market for WiFi-enabled health products will reach $5 billion by 2014. This is what people used to call the “junk band” until the FCC released it for unlicensed use and innovators got to work.

In addition, new ideas such as databases that dynamically enable — or revoke — access to spectrum in particular times and places promise to change the way we think about spectrum.

For example, entrepreneurs could create new types of devices and ad hoc networks, enabling innovative new uses of spectrum.

And, spurred by the smart persistence of my colleague Commissioner Michael Copps, the Plan will include a recommendation that we invest a sufficient amount in R&D to ensure that the science underpinning spectrum use continues to advance

To close the adoption gap, our Plan would propose the creation of a Mobility Fund, as part of broader reforms of the Universal Service Fund. Without increasing the overall size of universal service funding, the Plan will seek to provide one-time support for deployment of infrastructure enabling robust mobile broadband networks, to bring all states to a minimum level of mobile availability. Bringing all states up to a national standard will help enable Americans in unserved areas participate in the mobile revolution.

Finally, and critically, to improve mobile communications for our first responders, we will develop the 700 MHz public safety broadband network to achieve long overdue interoperability.

I will have more to say on public safety tomorrow, but let me just mention now that we will have a comprehensive public safety strategy in the National Broadband Plan. At a high level, our goals will be achieved through public-private partnerships between public safety and 700 MHz commercial providers, including, but not limited to, a commercial licensee of the “D block.”

The plan will also recommend that we establish and fund an Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC) within the FCC to develop common technical standards for interoperability on the public safety broadband network from the start, and to update these standards periodically as broadband technology evolves.

These are all programs in an ambitious Plan to deliver the benefits of broadband service, both wireless and wired, to all Americans and to invest in and build a world-leading broadband infrastructure in the U.S.

There is an enormous amount of work to be done.

The National Broadband Plan will chart a clear path forward. And if we do not seize the moment, I fear for the opportunity we will have lost.

I’d like to close with one last comparison to the Olympics. The Olympics are unique in sport because they only come every four years. When you get your chance, you better make it count, because you don’t know when, or if, you’ll get another shot. With this Plan, we have a special opportunity to lay a foundation for American leadership in the 21st century.

If we get it right, broadband will be an enduring engine for creating jobs and growing our economy, for spreading knowledge and enhancing civic engagement, for advancing a healthier, sustainable way of life. This is our moment. Let’s seize it.


Source: FCC

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U.S. NEWS | FEBRUARY 24, 2010

U.S. Refines Quake Alerts

Team in Colorado Makes Quick 'Shake Map' to Guide Rescuers to Likely Victims


GOLDEN, Colo.— Seismologist Susan Potter's computer sounded a gentle chime on a recent afternoon, alerting her to a sizeable earthquake somewhere in the world. She tapped on a keyboard to pinpoint where.

It was a 4.2 magnitude aftershock in Haiti, one of more than 60 such temblors to strike since the initial 7.0 quake rocked the Caribbean nation on Jan. 12, according to Ms. Potter's monitoring system at the National Earthquake Information Center here.

Working from a nondescript building in this small Colorado town, Ms. Potter and several dozen colleagues are the planet's eyes and ears on earthquakes. Indeed, within seconds of her computer's alert about the Jan. 12 temblor that devastated Haiti, Ms. Potter set in motion an automatic system known as Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response, or PAGER.

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When the Jan. 12 earthquake hit Haiti, it knocked out all phone and data links to the Caribbean island. But as WSJ's Gautam Naik reports, the National Earthquake Information Center, which monitors the globe for earthquake activity, delivered the news to the world within 17 minutes.

Via emails and text messages, the system swiftly apprised the world of the size, location and likely impact of the disaster. Ms. Potter then ran to inform her boss, and called the White House's Situation Room.

The swift dissemination of data gave relief agencies a broader perspective on the crisis than anyone near the quake's epicenter could have, and helped rescuers prioritize efforts in heavily populated areas.

"We monitor the planet all day, every day," said Harley Benz, the seismologist who runs NEIC, which is part of the U.S. Geological Survey. "We've gone from being able to respond in an hour to responding in less than 20 minutes."

Scientists' understanding of earthquakes has improved significantly in recent years. Using an array of sensitive instruments to measure tiny shifts in the Earth's tectonic plates and known fault lines, seismologists have become more adept at forecasting the size and location of quakes, and thus whether they are likely to occur in populated areas. Predicting their timing is much harder, and is often given in terms of decades. But this expertise helps speed relief and humanitarian agencies to the worst-hit areas.

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That's where the NEIC comes in. Some 1,000 seismic stations around the world relay earthquake signals in real time to NEIC. The Colorado center accurately locates about 14,000 quakes each year, of which about 25 cause significant damage, injuries or fatalities.

Minutes after it picks up data on a significant quake, the center's automated system draws up a "shake map." This estimates the number of people and specific areas exposed to the most severe effects. The NEIC places this data on its Web site, and relays it to federal and state agencies, scientific groups, private citizens and media. Data on overseas temblors are sent to U.S. embassies and the United Nations.

The NEIC's quake-watching role will remain vital for Haiti, at least until the risk of serious aftershocks subsides. On Tuesday, the USGS said there was an 80% probability the region could suffer a potentially damaging aftershock of magnitude 5 or greater on the Richter scale — the highest reading is 10 — during the next three months. The group said there was a 2% probability Haiti could suffer another quake of magnitude 7, or even higher, over the same period.

The PAGER alert helped guide the response in Haiti by the U.S. Agency for International Development, one of the agencies that funds the system. James Fleming, who oversees international search and rescue teams at USAID, was at a meeting in Washington, D.C., when a Haiti alert reached his BlackBerry. It included a color-coded shake map, showing shaking levels in different parts of Haiti, and the number of people exposed.

"Most rescues are done within 100 hours" of a quake, said Mr. Fleming, who activated the agency's alert and rescue teams about five minutes after receiving the message. "Speed is really critical because every minute lost is a minute you could save some lives."

Sounding the Alarm

Alerting the public and assessing the scope of earthquakes has come a long way. Below are the steps the National Earthquake Information Center takes to get the word out:

  • Seismic stations relay tectonic plate information to the NEIC.
  • Minutes later, an automated system generates a "shakemap."
  • Seismologists activate the PAGER system, alerting federal and state governments, the United Nations, scientists, and the media.
  • A map of the PAGER assessment is posted online, and updated as needed.
  • Click here to see a later PAGER version of the Haiti earthquake.

The PAGER system didn't exist in 1994, when a magnitude 6.7 quake hit Northridge, Calif., killing more than 70 people and causing $20 billion of damage — one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history. Today, shake maps for California are created within 10 minutes of a quake, and can rapidly guide emergency response teams to areas most in need of help.

The NEIC was set up in 1966, two years after a massive quake hit Alaska. "The idea was to learn about future U.S. quakes by studying quakes elsewhere in the world," Dr. Benz said.

On the NEIC's main floor, there's a glass-walled operations center surrounded by several large computer screens. These provide a live visual assessment on seismic events great and small.

Data on all U.S. quakes of magnitude 1.0 and larger, and overseas quakes 4.5 or larger, are immediately processed and published on the Web site. When a quake strikes, the NEIC site often is the first place people seek information. In the wake of the Haiti quake, between Jan. 12 and Jan. 22, the site registered 37.5 million page views, according to Lisa Wald, who oversees the site, which typically gets 4.5 million page views a week.

About 173,000 users — including many California residents — have also signed up for the NEIC's free alerts, which are sent as emails or text messages.

Citizens, in turn, are doing their bit for earthquake science. A USGS program known as "Did you feel it?" invites people who experience a temblor to go online and provide information about its effects, which is then fed into the NEIC's shake map model.

So far, nearly 1,000 people have made a "Did you feel it?" contribution from Haiti.

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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. 8 x February 24, 2010   

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  • FCC proposes changes to procedural, ex parte rules.
  • NPRM launched on 700 MHz band equipment design, procurement practices.
  • FCC unveils certain parts of National Broadband Plan.
  • FCC allows E-rate schools to give communities access to broadband during non-operating hours.
  • House panel seeks info from rural telcos on access charges, traffic pumping.

FCC Proposes Changes To Procedural, Ex Parte Rules

The FCC, at its February 18 open meeting, proposed revisions to its rules governing its practices and procedures, and its “ex parte” rules dealing with communications between stakeholders and decision-makers at the agency. The Commission did this through a pair of Notices of Proposed Rulemakings (NPRMs).

The Procedures NPRM. In the first NPRM, the Commission proposes changes to its procedural and organization rules concerning reconsideration of agency proceedings and case management, as well as other miscellaneous procedural rules. The proposals are designed to enhance efficiency and reduce backlogs, improve the transparency and openness of FCC proceedings by making it easier for interested persons to follow and participate in the process, and reduce confusion by the public about certain deadlines. The major proposals in the NPRM include:

Improving Case Management:

  • Leverage electronic resources to expand the use of docketed proceedings and maximize electronic filing through the Commission’s improved Electronic Comment Filing System
  • Delegate authority to the staff to terminate inactive dockets
  • Delegate authority to the staff to serve parties to FCC proceedings electronically

Streamlining Reconsideration of Agency Proceedings:

  • Delegate authority to bureau and office chiefs to dismiss or deny defective or repetitious reconsideration petitions that do not warrant consideration by the full Commission
  • Amend the rule which permits the Commission, on its own motion, to reconsider any FCC action within 30 days of public notice of that decision to make clear that the Commission may modify its decision, not merely set it aside or vacate it

Clarifying Deadlines:

  • Amend procedural rules to make clear that when an FCC rule or order requires action by the Commission on a weekend or holiday, the action must be taken by the next business day
  • Adopt a default effective date for new rules when the FCC does not specify an effective date in the relevant rulemaking orders.

The Ex Parte NPRM. In the second NPRM, the Commission proposes changes to its rules governing disclosure of communications with Commission staff and decision makers, when all parties to a proceeding are not present (so-called ex parte communications). Building on suggestions and recommendations made by participants at a public workshop held in October 2009, and based on its own experience with the disclosure rules, the FCC proposes rule changes designed to make the Commission’s decision-making processes more open, transparent, fair, and effective. The major proposals in the NPRM include:

Improving the Completeness, Accuracy, and Timeliness of Disclosure:

  • Require the public filing of a summary of every oral ex parte presentation; under current rules, a summary does not need to be filed unless information or arguments are presented for the first time
  • Require the filing of a notice that summarizes all data and arguments presented
  • Establish a preference for electronic filing of all notices of ex parte presentations
  • Require faster electronic filing, within four hours, of notices of permitted ex parte presentations made during the “Sunshine Period” – which typically begins a week before a public Commission Meeting, for those items on the Meeting agenda

Sunshine Period Issues:

  • Seek comment on whether current exceptions to the Sunshine Period’s prohibition on ex parte presentations should be narrowed or modified to prevent abuse and promote fairness
  • Start the Sunshine Period prohibition at midnight after a Sunshine notice has issued

Disclosure Statements:

  • Seek comment on whether to require disclosure of ownership or other information in filings at the Commission, including adopting various disclosure requirements currently used by federal courts, and the extent to which ownership information already available to the FCC may suffice

Sanctions and Enforcement:

  • Seek comment on sanctions and enforcement concerning violations of the ex parte rules

New Media:

  • Seek comment on how the ex parte rules should apply in the context of new media, such as Internet blog postings.

On the issue of ex parte presentations, Chairman Julius Genachowski said: “Given the complexity and importance of the issues that come before us, ex parte communications remain an essential part of our deliberative process. It is essential that industry and public stake-holders know the facts and arguments presented to us in order to express informed views. The modified ex parte rules we propose today will help achieve that. When all written ex parte materials and summaries of all oral ex parte communications are substantive, complete, filed quickly in the record, and immediately available online, special interests are revealed and no party has unfair access to inside information. This is the essence of transparency, and I look forward to implementing the rule changes that will help bring it about.”

Similarly, Commissioner Michael Copps said: “Too many times we receive ex parte filings that simply reference that a meeting took place on a given topic—without remotely approaching a sufficient level of detail on the arguments or data presented to allow the public or interested parties to respond. That is why I am pleased to support proposals to make disclosure more robust in more cases, and to begin aggressively enforcing our ex parte rules.

“Second, by proposing revisions to certain procedural and organizational rules, we are taking steps to modernize and improve the efficiency of the agency. For example, we propose to delegate authority to the expert Bureaus to dismiss or deny procedurally defective petitions for reconsideration of Commission action. Steps like these can help provide the full Commission with more time and energy to address the many critical issues confronting us.”

On the other hand, Commissioner Robert McDowell said: “At the outset, I will say that I am not convinced that our ex parte rules need to be changed. I am convinced, however, that we can and must step up our enforcement of the rules. During my tenure here, there have been some obvious examples of deficient filings. I hope, at long last, we will actually take formal action in those instances that merit doing so. I would imagine that tougher consequences would do more to deter bad behavior than any new rules.”

“Along these lines, I am interested in learning more about the consequences of not proposing rule changes that would address the ex parte implications of new media. I question whether we have created a backdoor invitation for ex parte presentations that would otherwise be prohibited. What is the difference between a filing made during the Sunshine prohibition period through the Commission’s electronic filing system and the same filing posted to one of our blogs?”

Comments in the GC Docket No. 10-43 Ex Parte NPRM and the GC Docket No. 10-44 Procedural NPRM, respectively, will be due 45 days after publication of the items in the Federal Register, and replies will be due 30 days thereafter.

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

NPRM Launched On 700 MHz Band Equipment Design, Procurement Practices

On September 29, 2009, an alliance of four Lower 700 MHz Band A Block licensees filed a petition for rulemaking, asking the FCC to “assure that consumers will have access to all paired 700 MHz spectrum that the Commission licenses, to act so that the entire 700 MHz band will develop in a competitive fashion, and to adopt rules that prohibit restrictive equipment arrangements that are contrary to the public interest.” Specifically, the Petitioners ask the Commission to require that all mobile units for the 700 MHz band be capable of operating over all frequencies in the band. The Petitioners further request “an immediate freeze on the authorization of mobile equipment that is not capable of operation on all paired commercial 700 MHz frequencies.” The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau seeks comment on the Petition.

AT&T and Verizon Wireless have indicated that they are pursuing 700 MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile devices that operate over the 700 MHz spectrum blocks associated with some or all of their own respective 700 MHz band licenses but that do not include the Lower 700 MHz Band A Block. The Petitioners assert that these “equipment design and procurement practices contravene the public interest,” arguing that, if the equipment offered by these large carriers does not operate over A Block, mobile 700 MHz “equipment needed by [A Block] licensees in smaller volumes will likely be available only later in time and at considerably higher price points.” The Petitioners also argue that such practices “are unjustly discriminatory and anticompetitive” in violation of Sections 201(b) and 202(a) of the Communications Act (Act), and that they are in conflict with other provisions of the Act, including the universal service goals of Section 254(b)(3) and the license application review criteria of Section 307(b).

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau seeks comment on relevant technical, legal, economic, and policy issues involving the Petitioners’ request that the Commission commence a rulemaking proceeding. The Bureau notes, for instance, that devices capable of operating in the A Block will be using spectrum adjacent to the full-power DTV broadcasting operations on Channel 51, and to the Lower 700 MHz Band E Block, which may be used for higher-powered mobile services under Commission rules.

Comments in this RM-11592 proceeding will be due 30 days after publication of the item in the Federal register, and replies will be due 30 days thereafter.

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

FCC Unveils Certain Parts Of National Broadband Plan

At the FCC’s open meeting last week, the staff team charged with developing the National Broadband Plan highlighted elements under consideration in the “national purposes” section of the plan. The working recommendations are designed to support America’s competitive advantages in key sectors of the economy and society.


Challenge: The current job training system is fragmented and difficult to expand or contract to accommodate changing demands for service.

Solutions: Accelerate efforts to deliver employment assistance, including job training and placement services, on a scalable online platform.

Challenge: Small businesses are less likely to use broadband to increase productivity.

Solutions: Launch public-private partnership to expand efforts to provide technology training for small and disadvantaged businesses.


Challenge: Remote monitoring of vital signs and electronic health records could save $700 billion over 15-25 years, but the U.S. lags in health IT adoption.

Solutions: Create conditions for broader adoption and innovation in e-care technologies; reduce regulatory barriers to increase access to care.

Challenge: Many healthcare providers lack broadband connections or pay high prices.

Solutions: Ensure all providers have access to affordable broadband by transforming the Rural Health Care Program to subsidize both ongoing costs and network deployment, while expanding the definition of eligible providers.


Challenge: While 97% percent of public elementary and secondary schools have Internet access, speeds are insufficient.

Solution: Upgrade E-rate program to provide additional connectivity, flexibility and efficiency.

Challenge: Online learning can reduce time required to learn by half and increase course completion rates, but there are barriers to wider adoption.

Solutions: Remove regulatory barriers to online learning; increase supply of digital content and online learning systems; promote digital literacy for students and teachers.


Challenge: The intermittency of renewable power and the increased loads from electric vehicles will strain the current electric grid, unless we modernize the grid with broadband and advanced communications.

Solutions: Ensure that broadband is integrated into the smart grid by promoting and improving commercial broadband networks, better coordinating and standardizing private utility networks, and enabling partnerships with public safety networks. A smart grid can reduce greenhouse gasses from electricity generation by up to 12% by 2030.

Challenge: Consumers lack access to and control of their own digital energy data to understand and manage their energy use, which limits the innovation potential and energy savings of smarter homes and smarter buildings.

Solutions: Ensure consumers have access to and privacy of realtime and historical digital energy information through changes to state and federal policies.


Challenge: The government lags in adoption of Internet technologies, hindering quality of service and civic engagement.

Solutions: Release more government data on digital platforms; enable citizen-centric online services; encourage greater use of social media.

Challenge: Federal assets not used effectively to spur local adoption and deployment of broadband.

Solutions: Have federal buildings serve as anchor tenants for unserved and underserved communities; encourage greater coordination in broadband grants; open federal NETWORX contract to state and local governments.


Challenge: First responders lack a nationwide interoperable broadband wireless network dedicated to the provision of public safety services.

Solutions: Enable the construction and operation of an interoperable nationwide broadband wireless public safety network with appropriate capacity and resiliency, leveraging commercial technology; creation of an Emergency Response Interoperability Center to ensure nationwide interoperability; and appropriation of grant funding for network construction, operation and evolution.

Challenge: Transition to Next Generation 9-1-1 networks and emergency alerting is hampered by a lack of intergovernmental coordination, as well as jurisdictional, legal and funding issues.

Solutions: Promote innovation in the development and deployment of the Next Generation of 9-1-1 networks and emergency alerting systems by fully embracing broadband technologies and ensuring that coordination, jurisdictional, legal and funding impediments are avoided.

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


FCC ALLOWS E-RATE SCHOOLS TO GIVE COMMUNITIES ACCESS TO BROADBAND DURING NON-OPERATING HOURS: The FCC has adopted an order that enables schools that receive funding from the E-rate program (the schools and libraries universal service support program) to allow members of the general public to use the schools’ Internet access during non-operating hours. The FCC said this action will leverage universal service funding to serve a larger population at no increased cost to the E-rate program. If a school chooses to allow community access, the general public will be able to use the Internet access already present in schools for purposes such as job searches and applications, digital literacy programs, and online access to governmental services and resources. Increasing community access to the Internet is particularly critical in communities where residential adoption of broadband Internet access has historically lagged, including many rural, minority, and Tribal communities. Libraries already may provide Internet access to their communities using E-rate support. The order enables schools to provide similar access to the public. Currently, Commission rules require schools to certify that they will use E-rate funded services solely for “educational purposes,” defined as activities that are integral, immediate, and proximate to the education of students. As a result, services and facilities purchased by schools using E-rate funding remain largely unused during evenings, weekends, school holidays, and summer breaks. Waiving the relevant rules will maximize the use of facilities and services supported by the E-rate program by giving schools the option to open their E-rate funded facilities to members of the public during non-operating hours. The waiver of the Commission’s rules is effective from adoption of the order through funding year 2010 (which ends June 30, 2011). This waiver is subject to the following conditions:

(1) schools participating in the E-rate program are not permitted to request more services than are necessary for “educational purposes”;
(2) any community use of E-rate funded services at a school facility is limited to non-operating hours, such as after school hours or during times when the students are out of school; and
(3) consistent with the Communications Act, schools may not resell discounted services or network capacity.

This order and notice do not permit or require any changes to E-rate applications due on February 19, 2010. In addition, the Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which seeks comment on revising the Commission’s rules to make the change permanent. The Commission also seeks comment on conditions that should be established to guard against potential additional costs being imposed on the E-rate program and to reduce the likelihood of waste, fraud, and abuse. Comments on the CC Docket No. 02-6 NPRM will be due 30 days after publication of the item in the Federal Register, and replies will be due 15 days thereafter. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

HOUSE PANEL SEEKS INFO FROM RURAL TELCOS ON ACCESS CHARGES, TRAFFIC PUMPING: The House Energy and Commerce Committee has sent identical letters to 24 rural telcos, seeking information on access charges. These letters were in response to an initial inquiry last October to AT&T, Verizon, Qwest, and Sprint, requesting information on access charges amid reports that some companies were abusing the system. The Committee is concerned about the practice of “traffic pumping schemes.” The rural telcos have until March 1 to respond to the following questions:

1. How long has your company been a provider of telecommunications?
2. Was your company or a predecessor company ever part of the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) pool?
3. If your company is no longer part of NECA, please explain all of your reasons for leaving the NECA pool.
4. How many residential customers does your company serve?
5. How many business customers does your company serve? Please exclude customers with which your company has an agreement or contract to share access charge revenue.
6. With how many customers does your company have an agreement to share access charge
7. Please provide the following information for all entities with which your company shares revenue: (a.) Which tariffed services does the entity subscribe to? (b.) For entities with tariffed services that have been changed within the last 12 months, which tariffed service did the entity previously subscribe to? (c.) What percentage of access charge revenues have you agreed to share with the entity? To the extent that your company has differing percentages with such entities, please include the range of percentages offered. (d.) A representative sample of the agreements that your company has with entities with which your company shares revenues.
8. How many telephone lines do you serve?
9. What is the average number of telephone numbers your business customers use?
10. How much and what percentage of your revenues are attributable to access charges associated with free chat line and conference calling services?
11. How much funding has your company received from the federal Universal Service Fund?
12. How much has your company contributed to the federal Universal Service Fund? If none, please explain the basis on which your company claims its exemption from
Contribution. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC EXTENDS COMMENT DATES FOR WIRELESS MICROPHONES FNPRM: Because of the recent disruptions caused by weather, the FCC has extended the comment deadlines for the Wireless Microphones Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) that accompanied its recent order prohibiting the further distribution and sale of certain devices the operate in the 700 MHz band (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, January 20). Comments in this WT DOCKET No. 10-24 proceeding are now due March 1, and replies are due March 22. Highlights of the FNPRM:

  • It proposes to revise its rules to provide that low power wireless audio devices, including wireless microphones, may be operated as unlicensed devices under Part 15 of the rules in the core TV bands.
  • It proposes technical rules to apply to low power wireless audio devices, including wireless microphones, operating in the core TV bands on an unlicensed basis under Part 15 of the rules.
  • It seeks comment on whether, and to what extent, eligibility for obtaining licenses to operate low power auxiliary stations, including wireless microphones, under Part 74 should be expanded, and on whether it should revise Part 90 to facilitate wireless microphone use.
  • It seeks comment on possible longer-term approaches for the operation of wireless microphones. Consistent with its broader efforts to manage this country’s spectrum resources as effectively and efficiently as possible, the Commission seeks comment on possible long-term reform, based in part on technological innovation such as digital technology, that would enable wireless microphones to operate more efficiently and with improved immunity to harmful interference, thereby increasing the availability of spectrum for wireless microphone and other uses.

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

FCC SURVEY FINDS COST AND DIGITAL LITERACY AS BARRIERS TO BROADBAND ADOPTION: At the Brookings Institution on Feb. 23, the FCC released its National Broadband Plan Consumer Survey, Broadband Adoption and Use in America, which reportedly found that affordability and lack of digital skills are the main reasons why 93 million Americans — one-third of the country — are not connected to high-speed Internet at home. The survey identifies three main barriers to adoption:

Affordability: 36 percent of non-adopters, or 28 million adults, said they do not have home broadband because the monthly fee is too expensive (15 percent), they cannot afford a computer, the installation fee is too high (10 percent), or they do not want to enter into a long-term service contract (9 percent). According to survey respondents, their average monthly broadband bill is $41.

Digital Literacy: 22 percent of non-adopters, or 17 million adults, indicated that they do not have home broadband because they lack the digital skills (12 percent) or they are concerned about potential hazards of online life, such as exposure to inappropriate content or security of personal information (10 percent).

Relevance: 19 percent of non-adopters, or 15 million adults, said they do not have broadband because they say that the Internet is a waste of time, there is no online content of interest to them or, for dial-up users, they are content with their current service. The survey also found that non-adopters usually have more than one barrier that keeps them from having broadband service at home. Over half of non-adopters, when selecting from a menu of possible barriers to adoption, chose three or more. For example, more than half of non-adopters who cited cost also listed reasons relating to digital literacy or relevance.

The interaction of attitudes and use of communications goods and services creates four categories of non-adopters:

Near Converts, who make up 30 percent of non-adopters, have the strongest tendencies toward getting broadband. They have high rates of computer ownership, positive attitudes about the Internet. Many are dial-up or “not-at-home” users, and affordability is the leading reason for non-adoption among this group. They are relatively youthful compared with other non-adopters, with a median age of 45.

Digital Hopefuls, who make up 22 percent of non-adopters, like the idea of being online but lack the resources for access. Few have a computer and, among those who use one, few feel comfortable with the technology. Some 44 percent cite affordability as a barrier to adoption and they are also more likely than average to say digital literacy are a barrier. This group is heavily Hispanic and has a high share of African-Americans.

Digitally Uncomfortable, who make up 20 percent of non-adopters, are the mirror image of the Digital Hopefuls; they have the resources for access but not a bright outlook on what it means to be online. Nearly all of the Digitally Uncomfortable have computers, but they lack the skills to use them and have tepid attitudes toward the Internet. This group reports all three barriers: affordability, digital literacy, and relevance.

Digitally Distant, who make up 28 percent of non-adopters, do not see the point of being online. Few in this group see the Internet as a tool for learning and most see it as a dangerous place for children. This is an older group (the median age is 63), nearly half are retired and half say that either relevance or digital literacy are barriers to adoption.

The Consumer Survey interviewed 5,005 adult Americans between October 19 and November 23, 2009. The margin of error based on results based on the entire sample is plus or minus 1.6 percentage points. The survey included an over-sample of non-adopters, resulting in interviews of 2,334 adults who are not broadband users at home. The margin of error for results based on non-adopters is plus or minus 2.2 percentage points. Interviewers conducting the survey provide a Spanish-language option for respondents wishing to take the survey in Spanish.

BloostonLaw would like to hear from clients regarding the FCC’s survey results. Let us know whether you think your subscribers have problems with cost or digital literacy.

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

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This newsletter is not intended to provide legal advice. Those interested in more information should contact the firm.

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

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Will Motorola Move to California?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 23, 2010

Based in Chicago ever since it was founded in 1928, Motorola is contemplating a move to California, according to co-CEO Sanjay Jha.

When Motorola splits in two next year, Jha said he may transplant the handset and set-top box units to Silicon Valley. “We’ll go where that talent is, and right now, that looks like California,” Jha said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

This makes a lot of sense: Software acts as the biggest differentiator for cell phones and other gadgets nowadays. And much of that developer talent resides in California. Nokia has established a research presence in Silicon Valley in recent years. So has smartphone software maker Symbian. Apple, Google and Palm are based in California. Last, but not least, Qualcomm, where Jha used to work before joining Motorola, is headquartered in San Diego.

But uprooting Motorola’s existing engineering and marketing talent won’t be easy. Motorola lost a lot of great employees over the past several years, as it struggled to turn the business around. And it could lose more staffers if Jha decides to go ahead with the move.

Source: BusinessWeek

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Motorola Golden-i, Virtual Display for Outdoor Types

By Charlie Sorrel
February 16, 2010 | 6:40 am

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BARCELONA, Spain — Cellphones aren't the only things on display at the Mobile World Congress show. Motorola is showing off its new headset, the Golden-i, a joint venture with mini-display maker Kopin.

The headset is a prototype hands-free terminal for use in construction or other tough environments where the user has his hands busy, but still needs a computer. Designed to fit under a construction helmet, the Golden-i puts a tiny screen up close to the eye which gives the equivalent of a 15-inch display, and also has a headphone, a microphone along with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for talking to other devices.

The headset is voice-controlled, and I tried it out. Once you have adjusted the eyepiece for your eyesight, you simply read off the names of the icons to access them: My Music, My Pictures and so on. The voice detection software, supplied by Nuance and called VoCon3200, ignores normal conversation, only listening to commands when there is a gap first, so you can say “my pictures” as part of sentence and it will be ignored.

The software worked for me every time, although saying “enhance” didn’t do anything, even though it felt like it should. The headset also tracks the position of your head, so you can move around and have, say, picture overlaid on reality stay put.

The Golden-i will need to be ruggedized before it goes to market. The current version, which looks a lot like a 1980's Tomy toy, is tough enough for the office, but not for a construction site.


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CHART: PC World's Performance Test

February 25, 2010 — 7:12am ET

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The results of PC World's latest 13-market 3G network performance test indicates AT&T's network has improved dramatically since the magazine, in conjunction with testing partner Navarum, conducted the same test last spring.

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Date: February 22, 2010 11:19:46 AM CST
To: Brad Dye
Subject: From the Paging Information Web Site

Greetings Brad,

I’m glad the sham that is USA Mobility is finally being exposed. I worked there for many years until I just became ill at the way they do business. What they have been doing for a couple of years, and will continue to do, they call “LISD” (Low-Impact Shut-Down). Most times, they neither tell the reps nor the customer. Not an ethical way to do business, in my opinion. The only thing that matters to the company is cutting any costs, and giving investors a quarterly dividend.

Please also keep my name anonymous.

Name withheld at writer's request.

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From: Dan/KD4DLL <>
Date: February 19, 2010 9:33:14 PM CST
To: SVRC <>
Subject: [svrc] A thank you note from HAMs in Haiti

This is from a south Florida HAM's group thread.


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Radio Club d'Haiti

P.O.BOX 1484, Port-au-Prince, HAITI.
E-mail :
11 February 2010

Mr. Rene A. Stiegler, K4EDX
Net Manager
Maritime Mobile Net
4671 Oakridge Rd.
Mobile,AL 36609

Dear Mr. Stiegler,

Ref: Haiti Earthquake

On behalf of the Radio Club D'Haiti (RCH), we have the privilege to thank you for this station and the people you are helping.

Your Radio Station that is being operated by MARS/NAVY/MARINE CORP/AIR FORCE & ARRL at the airport in Port-au-Prince is a vital link to us as contact to the hospital University of Miami Project Medi-Share as well as relays to stations in the USA. Both of these Organizations help in VHF and HF because of the capability of the people here — Jack Louis Miguel and Carmelo S. Marchese — and throughout the USA. The station HH2/WX4NHC here in Haiti has saved many lives. In the USA, the Maritime Mobile Net on 14.300 with Bill KI4MMZ, Fred W3ZV, Rick WAIRKT and so many more we thank them all.

We wish to express our thanks to all those at the US Camp at the airport, who made our visit yesterday, a souvenir to be cherished.

With our deepest respect,

Jean-Robert Gaillard, HH2JR

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From: Braun, Tom (GE Healthcare, consultant) <>
Subject: Banker Bailouts
Date: February 22, 2010 12:47:58 PM CST
To: Brad Dye

Hi Brad,

Thanks so much for all you do for paging! I read your commentary from your 2-12-10 newsletter RE your legitimate discontent on the banker bailouts. Being the lamb that I am, I always look to add my 2 cents on such socio-political topics. Over time, I've come to the perspective that what is unfolding in our nation is an orchestrated event, aimed at destroying our national sovereignty (see attached for more definition on my thesis). As it relates to this topic, it's my firm belief that the fat cat con artists on Wall Street are but one predictable consequence of a broken system . . . whereas the Madoffs and the Dimons of the world are the extremities, the Federal Reserve is the head.

Anyhow, I wish you the best in all your ventures. Thanks & God Bless,

Thomas Braun
Milwaukee, WI

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