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AAPC Wireless Messaging News

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FRIDAY - JANUARY 29, 2010 - ISSUE NO. 392

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

On The Topic Of Wireless Messaging
Wireless Messaging was forever changed this week with the introduction of the Apple iPad. How we read books, magazines, newspapers and even browse the Internet will likewise change forever. Maybe you're thinking, “there goes Brad exaggerating again.” But, do you remember when the iPod came out? I thought it was a cool little gadget — sort of like a modernized version of the Sony Walkman. I don't think anyone — not even Apple — thought that the iPod would forever change how music is sold, distributed, and listened to.

Apple is now the number one music retailer in the US.
Today the Apple iTunes web store sells more music (what we older folks used to call “records”) than anyone — even the mighty Walmart.

The iPad is a tablet-sized iPod — big enough to be easy to read and ideal for displaying a million things that we are currently trying to do with laptops and netbooks — only MUCH more convenient.

I remember during paging's heyday, my dear friend, the late Robert “Bob” Edwards, came to visit me at Motorola's paging headquarters in Boynton Beach, Florida. I was the manager of international market development. Anytime Bob Edwards was in the building, most of the senior managers stopped what they were doing and went to shake his hand.

Several years before, Bob had been the visionary who first had the idea for a numeric display pager. He had called Motorola and asked them if they would build such a device for him. ( I have heard this story from him as well as several other people who were involved.) At that time Bob owned and operated Radiofone, one of the largest paging companies in the USA.

Anyway, Motorola told him that they were sorry but that they thought there was not a market for this type of pager — that they were dedicating their resources to developing more Tone & Voice paging technology.

So, Bob got on a plane and flew to visit NEC in Japan. He convinced NEC to develop this new pager for Radiofone and it quickly became the most successful paging product ever produced. It caused the US paging market to explode!

On this visit, Bob told me he had an idea for another new product that he wanted to discuss (this time he came in person) so I took him to the office of the leading manager in the paging division. (I won't mention his name.) This person is actually a brilliant engineer but sometimes engineers can't see beyond the end of their sliderules.

Bob laid out his idea for a wireless-electronic book and was given many reasons why it wasn't practical. Actually it probably wasn't practical right then, using paging technology as it existed, but the "wireless reading device" — like Amazon's Kindle and others — has been one of the hottest new products on the market for over a year now. Just wait and see if this new Apple iPad doesn't totally change the way books, magazines, and newspapers are published.

I just wish that Bob Edwards were alive to see it. I also wish I had encouraged him more to pursue his vision. He was getting along in years and having some serious health issues. To show you what kind of person he was, as a younger man he really liked a restaurant that he frequented so he bought the restaurant. He enjoyed working in the kitchen and was an accomplished chef himself. He liked his Mercedes-Benz automobile so much that he bought a dealership. At one time he had an office in Paris, France and would have his favorite car flown over there with him so he wouldn't have to ride in French taxis. What a guy!

You can read his obituary here: Robert Edwards.

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On the Call: Motorola on its breakup plans


In 2008, Motorola Inc. said it would start preparing a spin-off of its cell phone division, which has been struggling for years. It postponed those plans later that year, but has maintained the separation as a long-term goal.

On Thursday, the phone division, Mobile Devices, posted improved results, though it's still a money-loser. It was helped by the launch of two smart phones, the Droid and Cliq. Focusing on smart phones is a key part of the turnaround plan of phone chief Sanjay Jha. On the earnings call, an analyst asked him what the company's thinking is regarding the spin-off.

QUESTION: Can you update us on the separation plans?

ANSWER: Our plan of record really is for us to proceed with the separation that we've talked about a number of times and separate into two companies.

We've talked about three factors that will govern the timing of that separation. Those three factors are: the performance of Mobile Devices, the performance of the handset market generally and the economic environment more broadly.

I'd like to give you a little color on how we see those factors. Today I guided you to our becoming profitable in the fourth quarter in Mobile Devices. As you know, we've launched two products already, and we've guided you to the fact that we'll launch 20 smart phones throughout 2010. I think that we're making very good progress in Mobile Devices.

I think most analysts now agree that in 2010, there'll be a modest, probably high single-digit to low-double digit increase in the handset marketplace. Those two factors certainly begin to point us towards a more amenable environment in which we can contemplate a spin.

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


Now is the time to start making your plans to join worldwide professionals in the paging industry and learn from their diverse experiences and successes, peruse vendor exhibits, and network, all while enjoying the beauty and history of Charleston, SC.

This event will blend plenty of social networking and learning from one another with informative educational presentations in a destination that has been named as one of the top 5 U.S. destinations for fourteen years. Charleston combines luxury and history with an international flavor that will make any visitor feel at home.

Quotes from 2009 attendees:

“The joining together of paging carriers from around the globe was truly a profound experience. For those of us in the U.S. it was like looking into a crystal ball. What we do with that look and the information we gathered will determine the path that we take and ultimately our future.”

“It changed the way we understood paging and helped us to refocus our strategy.”

Educational sessions
We are currently developing the agenda and we would like your input. Our members’ input is critical in shaping sessions that are directly relevant to you and improving your business in the future.

  • Do you have a new direction you are considering?
  • A technology you want to learn more about?
  • A problem that you can’t just seem to resolve and want additional input?

If so—please e-mail Linda at and we will work to address this at the conference.

boat All aboard! There’s no better way to experience the beauty of Charleston and her history than from the decks of a yacht. New for 2010, enjoy a chance to unwind and review Thursday’s session with colleagues enjoying the fresh sea air and incredible harbor views that Charleston has to offer. Seating is limited and registration is available when you register for the conference.

Plan to attend the Global Paging Convention now and be a part of Paging history!

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Mixed Comments Filed in NPSTC’s 900 MHz NPCS Request


Comments submitted in response to the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) request for public-safety use of 900 MHz spectrum for paging services were mixed.

Six public-safety agencies said two-way paging networks are essential for their communications and urged the FCC to adopt NPSTC’s recommendations to audit the 900 MHz narrowband PCS (NPCS) spectrum, recover unused or lightly used channels, and make channels available for public-safety use. However, seven groups, including commercial paging carriers and associations, said there isn’t enough evidence of public-safety need for the spectrum and that services are already available to provide public-safety paging communications.

Other filers asked the FCC to consider carefully NPSTC’s proposed changes for licenses in the 900 MHz NPCS spectrum, many of which were purchased at auctions. “There simply is no legal basis — nor should there be — for the FCC to cancel or modify a license that has satisfied all applicable requirements based on a desire to make the recovered spectrum available for some other communications purpose however laudable that purpose might be,” said the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) in its comments.

Source: Radio Resource Magazine

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Biz Break: Apple's iPad: a 'game changer'? Plus: Microsoft earnings

By Frank Michael Russell
Posted: 01/28/2010 01:39:33 PM PST
Updated: 01/28/2010 02:09:12 PM PST

Today: Why would you buy an iPad? Plus: Earnings from Microsoft, AT&T,, Motorola and Nokia. And: Netflix stock soars on an otherwise grim day for tech shares.

Is the iPad a 'game changer'?

A day after CEO Steve Jobs introduced the world to Apple's new tablet computer, oddly enough, we have a lot of news about the Cupertino iPad, iPhone, iPod and "I'm a Mac" computer maker's rivals and partners.

But the question remains: Why would I want to buy one, even at a tempting $499 to $829 price? (Some critics, for that matter, are saying Apple needs to add multi-tasking for third-party apps and Adobe Flash to the browser before they'll even think of buying one.)

Analysts are suggesting to think of the iPad as a grown-up iPod touch. In an e-mail, industry researcher iSuppli described the iPad as "ideal for convenient viewing of all types of content, from photos, to videos, to music, to games, to e-books to online newspapers." Apple, iSuppli notes, sold 8.3 million of the iPod touch in the first 12 months of its release.

So how will the iPad do? "The iPad will be a game changer if it becomes the Trojan horse that changes the slowly dying print information business to an electronic information market," said Egil Juliussen, iSuppli principal analyst.

For what it's worth, on a grim day for the Nasdaq, Apple stock was down $8.59, or 4.1 percent, to finish at $199.29.

Microsoft earnings

Apple's "I'm a Mac" computers, of course, compete with all those "I'm a PC" computers powered by Redmond, Wash., software mega-behemoth's Windows operating system.

Microsoft reported earnings for its latest quarter this afternoon after the stock markets closed. Its profit jumped 60 percent from a year earlier to $6.7 billion, or 74 percent a share, far exceeding forecasts. Revenue was up 13 percent to $19 billion.

During the holiday quarter, Microsoft released Windows 7, the well-reviewed successor to the widely derided Windows Vista. According to The Associated Press, Microsoft said its Windows revenue was up 70 percent.

More tech earnings

Apple partner AT&T released results for its latest quarter today. In addition to Microsoft, quite a few Apple competitors also had earnings to report.

AT&T: The wireless carrier has exclusive U.S. rights to Apple's iPhone and will offer data plans for the iPad. Its data network, though, has been strained by the iPhone, especially in San Francisco and New York City. Today, according to The Associated Press, AT&T executives promised to spend $2 billion to improve that network.

AT&T added 2.7 million wireless customers in its latest quarter, including about 1 million who use netbooks and e-readers such as's Kindle. AT&T's profit jumped 26 percent from a year earlier to $3 billion, but revenue dropped 0.7 percent to $30.9 billion.

Amazon: The Seattle online retailer and Kindle maker said sales in its holiday quarter jumped 42 percent to $9.5 billion. Profit jumped 71 percent to $384 million, or 85 cents a share, exceeding expectations.

In a statement, CEO Jeff Bezos gave credit to the Kindle for much of the gains. "Millions of people now own Kindles," Bezos explained. "And Kindle owners read, a lot. When we have both editions, we sell six Kindle books for every 10 physical books."

Motorola: The maker of the Droid smartphone, which runs Google's Android operating system, had a $142 million profit in its latest quarter. By contrast, Motorola lost $3.7 billion a year earlier. Revenue dropped 20 percent to $5.7 billion.

Motorola plans to provide another Android-powered phone that would be sold directly by Mountain View Internet juggernaut Google. Its profit forecast for the current quarter, though, disappointed investors.

Nokia: The Finland-based company is the world's largest mobile phone maker, but it has faced greater competition from the iPhone and Research In Motion's highly addictive BlackBerry smartphones.

For its latest quarter, it exceeded expectations with profit that was up 65 percent from a year earlier to 948 million euros, or about $1.3 billion. Nokia reported its share of the global smartphone market at 40 percent.

SanDisk: The Milpitas maker of MP3 players and other flash memory products swung to a profit in its holiday quarter, with net income of $340 million, or $1.45 a share, compared with a net loss of $1.76 billion a year earlier. Revenue jumped 44 percent to $1.24 billion.

Silicon Valley tech stocks

Most Silicon Valley tech stocks were down today, but Netflix soared $11.72, or 23 percent, to $62.69 after the Los Gatos online DVD rental pioneer reported earnings and an outlook for 2010 that far exceeded Wall Street forecasts.

Down: Apple, Google, Cisco Systems, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Gilead Sciences, eBay, Yahoo and VMware all declined.

The blue chip Dow Jones industrial average: Down 115.70, or 1.1 percent, to 10,120.46.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index: Down 42.41, or 1.9 percent, to 2,170.00.


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Medicine is the Apple iPad sweet spot

January 28th, 2010
Posted by Dana Blankenhorn @ 6:12 am


Now that we know what Apple has been working on these last many months (it’s an iPad) one of the first questions has to be, what do we do with it?

The answer is it’s what your doctor has been dreaming of ever since the PC revolution began.

Take a look at the specs. It’s a half-inch deep and weighs just 1.5 pounds. The screen is about 10 inches on the diagonal. It’s basically a smart notepad.

Imagine this in a flip-up case, in every examination room at your clinic.

The nurse sets up the chart, the doctor walks in with a stylus and examines you, and when he’s done the chart goes into the file and the prescription is waiting at the desk for you, printed clearly, along with your Coordination of Care Record. Hand the nurse your credit card and you’re off.

Doctors love iPhones. They know how to use iPhones. Which means they’re half way through their iPad training already. And all those clever little software companies that dialed-down their medical applications to fit on the iPhone? They’re halfway to iPad models.

The low-end version of the iPad goes fur under $500, about where the iPhone started, and comes with WiFi, which most hospitals and clinics have. The iPhone comes down to $200 with a phone carrier subsidy, and the iPad can be similarly subsidized by an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) company so it’s practically free.

The initial chip memory capacity is “just” 16 Gigabytes, but that’s enough for lots of great stuff. You can collect videos about a patient’s condition and treatment, then show them while you point out things with the stylus. A 16 Gigabyte capacity means there is plenty of room for a patient’s current chart, including all their imaging tests.

You can put a full day’s work in there and give one to every doctor. Or you can load charts remotely from the nursing station as each patient is admitted, and keep one in each exam room. At these prices you can do both — one per doctor, one per exam room. My own internist is in a two-doc shop with four rooms, so for just $3,000 they’re outfitted.

Quite simply, this device transforms medical practice and delivers a solid, easy-to-follow upgrade path directly from paper. Put security on the clinic’s WiFi (you probably have that already) and HIPAA is happy. A little VOIP and pager software and you can follow the staff wherever they go, which is one reason WiFi is so cool in a hospital setting to begin with.

You can interface this with either an in-house EMR system or a SaaS system — just run a small clinic’s signals directly through a router at the nurse’s station.

I can’t see a thing wrong with it. It’s cheap, it’s easy to use, it’s got all the power and connectivity you want, and it looks pretty cool too.

How bad do you want one?

Hey Doc, how bad you want an iPad?

Source: ZDNet

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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. 4 x January 27, 2010   

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FCC Announces Tentative Agenda For February 11 Open Meeting

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has announced that the following items will be on the tentative agenda for the next open meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 11, 2010:

  • E-Rate: An Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to enable schools that receive funding from the E-Rate program to allow members of the general public to use the schools’ Internet access during non-operating hours at no additional cost to the Universal Service Fund. This order and notice do not permit or require any changes to E-Rate applications due on February 11, 2010.
  • Ex Parte Reform: A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to improve the transparency and effectiveness of the FCC’s decision-making process by reforming the ex parte rules.
  • Procedural Reform: A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to enhance the efficiency, openness, and transparency of the Commission’s proceedings by improving and modernizing certain organizational and procedural rules.
  • National Broadband Plan Status Report: Commission staff will report on the status of the National Broadband Plan, providing a framework for the national purposes portion of the Plan.

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

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  • FCC proposes tougher TCPA restrictions for “Robocalls.”
  • FCC announces Auction 87 procedures, deadlines.
  • Reminder that BTOP/BIP applicants must meet certain obligations.
  • FCC issues order to promote competition in video distribution market.
  • FCC affirms waiver for whole body scanning imaging system.

FCC Proposes Tougher TCPA Restrictions For “Robocalls”

The FCC has proposed revisions to its rules under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to further empower residential telephone subscribers to avoid unwanted telephone solicitations. The proposals would require sellers and telemarketers to obtain written consent from recipients before making prerecorded telemarketing calls, commonly referred to as “robocalls,” even when the caller has an established business relationship with the consumer. Additionally, the FCC proposes to make it easier to opt out of receiving robocalls.

These new restrictions would harmonize the FCC’s rules with the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) recent amendments to its Telemarketing Sales Rule. Because the majority of entities that use prerecorded telemarketing calls are subject to both agencies’ telemarketing regulations, most regulated entities must comply with the FTC’s current, more restrictive standards. However, entities outside the FTC’s jurisdiction, such as telephone companies, airlines, banks, and insurance companies, are currently subject to less restrictive standards.

Key revisions proposed by the FCC include:

  • Requiring sellers and telemarketers to obtain telephone subscribers’ express written consent (including electronic methods of consent) to receive prerecorded telemarketing calls, even when there exists an established business relationship between the caller and the consumer;
  • Requiring that prerecorded telemarketing calls include an automated, interactive mechanism by which a consumer may “opt out” of receiving future prerecorded messages from a seller or telemarketer; and,
  • Exempting certain federally regulated healthcare-related calls from the general prohibition on prerecorded telemarketing calls to residential telephone lines. (These calls are currently not specifically exempted from the prerecorded message rules.)
  • The Commission asks for comments on whether these proposed revisions would benefit consumers and industry by creating greater symmetry between the FCC and FTC regulations and by extending the FTC’s standards to regulated entities that are not currently subject to FTC rules.

The Commission noted that the proposed rule changes would not affect categories of prerecorded message calls that are not currently covered by its TCPA rules. Those categories include calls by or on behalf of tax-exempt non-profit organizations; calls for political purposes, such as those made by politicians or political campaigns; calls for other noncommercial purposes; and commercial calls that do not contain unsolicited advertisements, for example, calls that deliver purely “informational” messages notifying recipients of a flight cancellation. Furthermore, because the TCPA’s restrictions on prerecorded messages do not apply to calls initiated for emergency purposes, the proposed rule revisions would not affect messages sent to consumers to alert them to emergency situations.

Comments in this CG Docket No. 02-278 proceeding will be due 30 days after publication of the item in the Federal Register, and replies will be due 30 days thereafter. The item was adopted at the FCC’s January 20 open meeting.

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

FCC Announces Auction 87 Procedures & Deadlines

The FCC has announced the procedures and minimum opening bid amounts for the upcoming auction of 9,603 licenses for lower and upper paging bands spectrum. This auction, which is designated as Auction 87, is scheduled to commence on May 25, 2010. The key deadline is for filing a “short form” application to participate in the auction, which is set for March 16, 2010.

Auction 87 will offer 9,603 paging licenses consisting of 7,752 licenses in the lower paging bands (35 MHz, 43 MHz, 152 and 158 MHz, 454 and 459 MHz) and 1,851 licenses in the upper paging bands (929 MHz and 931 MHz). The paging channels to be auctioned can be used for commercial or internal mobile dispatch and other operations, with appropriate waivers from the FCC. We have successfully helped several clients obtain paging channels and the appropriate rule waivers for internal dispatch operations in prior auctions.

Auction 87 will include licenses that remained unsold from a previous auction, licenses on which a winning bidder in a previous auction defaulted, and licenses for spectrum previously associated with licenses that cancelled or terminated. In a few cases, the available license does not cover the entire geographic area due to an excluded area or previous partitioning. The relevant deadlines for this auction are as follows:

  • Auction Tutorial Available (via Internet): March 4, 2010
  • Short-Form Application (FCC Form 175) Filing Window Opens: March 4, 2010; 12:00 noon ET
  • Short-Form Application (FCC Form 175) Filing Window Deadline : March 16, 2010; prior to 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Upfront Payments (via wire transfer): April 23, 2010; 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Mock Auction: May 21, 2010
  • Auction Begins: May 25, 2010

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

Reminder That BTOP/BIP Applicants Must Meet Certain Obligations

This is to remind clients who receive grants and/or loans in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and/or the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Broadband Initiative Program (BIP) that they must meet various obligations and requirements. Since these requirements can carry severe penalties for non-compliance, it is vital that the grant/loan winners fully understand the record-keeping and reporting requirements and abide by them precisely. BloostonLaw is available to help grantees in this regard.

Clients should note that there are three layers of compliance rules:

  • the government-wide general administrative requirements for grant recipients;
  • the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)-specific requirements; and
  • the program requirements specific to the BTOP and BIP programs.

The general administrative requirements vary based on the type of entity, be it for profit, non-profit, higher education, hospital, etc., and are often governed by separate documents. These rules require specific methods of accounting, reporting, and document retention.

Beyond the general government requirements, the ARRA itself contains specific requirements that entail certain additional reporting duties, as well as requiring adherence to the Buy American provisions, §1606 Wage Rate Requirements, and the National Environment Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act environmental assessment requirements.

In addition, award recipients must also follow further specified quarterly reporting and audit requirements based on the projects they are involved in, as outlined in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

Applicants must also be aware of the restrictions on the sale or lease of project assets that the NOFA puts in place.

The compliance protocols also require an agreement to submit to periodic auditing. Awardees will be required to submit annual audit reports pertaining to their use of government funds, and all documents related to the funded project must be made available to NTIA, RUS, and the Office of the Inspector General upon request.

Records must be contemporaneous to the actions they describe, rather than a report or accounting made long after the transaction occurred.

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


FCC ISSUES ORDER TO PROMOTE COMPETITION IN VIDEO DISTRIBUTION MARKET: The FCC has established a process for considering, on a case-by-case basis, complaints about the availability of terrestrially delivered, cable-affiliated programming, addressing what is commonly referred to as the “terrestrial loophole.” These new rules allow direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers, telcos and other competitors to obtain more of the “must have” programming they need to offer viable alternative video packages to consumers and an opportunity to file complaints if the programming is withheld. The Order concludes the Commission has authority under Section 628(b) of the Communications Act to take action if a cable operator engages in unfair acts with respect to terrestrially delivered, cable-affiliated programming that significantly hinder a multichannel video programming distributor from providing satellite cable programming to consumers. The Commission adopts a rebuttable presumption that an unfair act involving a terrestrially delivered, cable-affiliated regional sports network has the purpose or effect set forth in Section 628(b). The Order adopts rules permitting complainants to pursue program access claims similar to the claims they may pursue involving satellite-delivered, cable-affiliated programming. Because the claims involving terrestrial programming require an additional factual inquiry regarding whether the unfair act significantly hinders the complainant from providing satellite cable programming to consumers, additional time will be given to present rebuttal information. The Commission has before it a number of specific complaints alleging that cable operators have significantly hindered competition by withholding from their rivals terrestrially delivered regional sports networks. The Order does not decide those complaints but describes how they can be handled going forward. It provides that complainants may continue to pursue their complaints as filed. If, instead, a complainant wants a currently pending complaint to be considered under the new rules, it may submit a supplemental filing alleging that the defendant has engaged in an unfair act after the effective date of the rules. The Order also establishes procedures for the Commission’s consideration of requests for a temporary standstill of the price, terms, and other conditions of an existing programming contract by a program access complainant seeking renewal of such a contract. BloostonLaw contact: Gerry Duffy.

FCC AFFIRMS WAIVER FOR WHOLE BODY SCANNING IMAGING SYSTEM: The FCC has affirmed a rule waiver permitting the certification and subsequent marketing and operation of L-3 Communications SafeView Inc. ProVision 100 security portal full-body imaging devices. This system is used to detect weapons or contraband carried on an individual’s person, including non-metallic objects or explosives, which might otherwise require intrusive manual searches or be missed entirely by existing metal detectors. The Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) first waived the rules for this device in 2006 when it issued an Order granting a waiver of the Part 15 rules for unlicensed devices to L-3 Communications Safeview Inc. By its Order, it permitted the measurement of radio frequency emissions from the ProVision 100 security portal with the frequency sweeping active (as in its normal operation), rather than with the sweep disabled, as prescribed by the rules. OET found that there would be no increase in the interference risk by performing the measurements with the sweep active. In September 2009, OET modified the waiver to allow more time for sale of the 300 units permitted under the waiver. In the current Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O), the Commission rejects arguments made by FiberTower Corporation with regard to the potential for interference to certain fixed microwave systems and accordingly denies its petition for reconsideration of the 2006 Order in most respects. It does grant FiberTower’s request regarding the maintenance of ProVision 100 installation records by clarifying that L-3 SafeView must continue to maintain a list of all installed ProVision devices and update it following changes in device location and/or transfer of ownership to third parties subsequent to an initial sale. This list will be available to the Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration upon request. The Commission’s decision today will allow continued marketing and operation of the L-3 Communications SafeView Inc. ProVision 100 security portal system. “National security is one of the Commission’s top priorities and the agency has an important role in promoting the development of innovative technologies to ensure the safety of the public,” said Chairman Julius Genachowski. “With this action, we are helping to ensure that security personnel have access to the most cutting-edge equipment for protecting the public, while still preventing interference to other vital interests.” BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

HOUSE PANEL MARKS UP SPECTRUM INVENTORY & SPECTRUM RELOCATION BILLS: The House Sub-committee on Communications, Technology and the Internet has marked up and passed legislation that would create a spectrum inventory and a bill designed to speed the process of clearing federal users from spectrum that the government has already reallocated for commercial use. Under the provisions of the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act (HR 3125), after the inventory is completed the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the FCC would be required to report the results to Congress and to create a Website to make the inventory publicly available. The report would include a description of information that could not be made publicly available for national security reasons. The sub-committee also approved the Spectrum Relocation Improvement Act (HR 3019), designed to speed the process of clearing federal users from spectrum that the government has reallocated for commercial use. Law-makers are concerned that winners of the FCC's 2006 advanced wireless services spectrum still not do not have full use of the spectrum (AWS). Both bills have been referred to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

NTIA AWARDS BROADBAND EXPANSION GRANTS TOTALING $63 MILLION: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has announced grants totaling $63 million to expand broadband access and adoption in Massachusetts, Michigan and North Carolina. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) provides grants to support the deployment of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas, enhance and expand public computer centers, and encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service. These investments will help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth and create jobs. The grants include the following:

Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts-Lowell: $780,000 broadband adoption grant with an additional $196,000 in applicant-provided matching funds to promote broadband awareness and computer literacy among vulnerable populations, including the nation’s second largest Cambodian population, low-income and at-risk youth, the unemployed, residents without college degrees, and seniors in Lowell and Merrimack Valley. As part of the program, University of Massachusetts–Lowell students will work in local computer centers with at-risk youth and seniors to develop appropriate training and outreach materials.

Michigan, Merit Network, Inc.: $33.3 million infrastructure grant with an additional $8.3 million in matching funds to build a 955-mile advanced fiber-optic network through 32 counties in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The project also intends to directly connect 44 community anchor institutions and will serve an area covering 886,000 households, 45,800 businesses, and an additional 378 anchor institutions.

Michigan, Michigan State University: $895,000 public computer center grant with an additional $235,000 in matching funds to expand 84 existing library computer centers and establish four new computer centers. Computer center sites were selected by targeting under-served and high-unemployment population areas and then focusing on those libraries with the greatest need for additional computing capacity. The project will add 500 new workstations at these targeted public computer centers throughout the state and serve nearly 13,000 additional users per week.

North Carolina, MCNC: $28.2 million infrastructure grant with an additional $11.7 million in matching funds and in-kind contributions to build a 494-mile middle-mile broadband network passing almost half the population of North Carolina in 37 counties. The network will build new rings in the western and eastern regions of the state, which will connect to 685 miles of existing infrastructure in the urbanized central region, expanding the reach of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), an established broadband service for community anchor institutions in the state.

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

FCC SEEKS ETF INFORMATION FROM WIRELESS CARRIERS: The FCC has sent letters to AT&T, Google, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless to gather facts and data on the consumer experience with wireless early termination fees (ETFs). In general, the FCC asked the carriers to (1) describe how their ETFs apply to their service plans; (2) identify amounts, discounts, and variations in ETFs; (3) explain the rationale for differences in rates and terms for different plans; and (4) various other questions. The Commission asked that the carriers respond by February 23. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

OBITUARY: Former FCC Commissioner James H. Quello, 95, died Sunday at his home in Alexandria, Virginia. He served for 24 years as a commissioner and as acting Chairman in 1993. In a statement, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said: "Commissioner Quello’s long life was packed with accomplishment. He was born April 21, 1914, in Laurium, Michigan — eleven years before the first public demonstration of television and two decades before the creation of the FCC. He served his country with great valor and distinction in World War II, surviving six amphibious landings and earning multiple decorations and campaign ribbons. He spent his first career as a broadcaster, finding ways to serve local communities in the early days of the medium. And he went on to serve the FCC as Commissioner from 1974 until 1997, receiving numerous honors and earning widespread respect and affection.”

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

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Terminals & Controllers:
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1 Motorola ASC1500 Controller
1 Skydata Model 5090 Uplink Power Control
1 Skydata Model 8360 MSK Modulator
8 Skydata Multi Channel Receivers - NEW
1 Gilat Transmitter
2 Gilat Skyway ODU Controller
2 Rad RSD-10
3 Gilat Satellite Transmitter
2 Gilat Skymux Controller
8 Skymux Expansion
2 Gilat Transmitters
2 GL3100 RF Director
30 Zetron Model 66 Controllers
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6 Glenayre GL C2100 Link Repeaters
1 Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
1 Glenayre QT4201, 25W Midband Link TX
3 Glenayre QT-6201, 100W Midband Link TX
3 Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
2 Motorola 30W, Midband Link TX (C42JZB6106AC)
VHF Paging Transmitters
14 Motorola Nucleus 125W, NAC
3 Motorola Nucleus 350W, NAC
1 Motorola VHF PURC-5000 125W, ACB or TRC
10 Glenayre GLT8411, 250W, VHF TX
UHF Paging Transmitters:
24 Glenayre UHF GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
2 Quintron QT-7795, 250W UHF, w/TCC & RL70 Rx.
3 Motorola PURC-5000 110W, TRC or ACB
3 Motorola PURC-5000 225W, ACB
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
3 Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W
20 Glenayre GLT-8500, 250W, C2000, w/ or w/o I20
4 Motorola PURC 5000, 300W, DRC or ACB
3 Motorola PURC 5000, 150W, DRC or ACB

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USB Paging Encoder

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No Magic answer to pay boxes

City says it doesn't have plans to resurrect a program that let parkers feed meters by phone

January 25, 2010

Back in the summer of 2007, the City of Chicago offered a device that allows motorists to pay for meter parking by phone.

For the pilot program, about 700 motorists paid $15 for pager-size devices that they placed on their dashboards.

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In 2007, about 700 motorists bought ParkMagic devices.
(Rich Hein/Sun-Times)

The devices are like a digital version of the parking meter slips motorists get from pay-and-display boxes.

After pulling up to a parking space, a user can call a phone number and punch in the zone and the time needed to park, which will display on the device. A light on the device is green when parking is paid for and red when it expires. The charge is subtracted from the customer's account balance.

So what happened to these devices, which were supplied by Massachusetts-based ParkMagic?

The devices sold in 2007 are still out there, and working. But no others were made available. In the meantime, Chicago's parking meter franchise was turned over to a private company, and meter prices have jumped twice.

"Chicago Parking Meters and the city are evaluating it," said Avis LaVelle, spokeswoman for the company that took over the city's meter franchise. "There's no change in the status."

LaVelle said she didn't have a timeline on when other motorists may be able to get into the program.

If ParkMagic is ever offered again, John Hammerschlag, who snagged one of the devices in 2007, thinks it will be popular.

"It's a terrific product. You don't have to deal with a machine when it's cold out," said Hammerschlag, president of Hammerschlag & Co., which specializes in parking development, acquisition and consulting. "It takes me 10 seconds and I can do it while walking down the street."

Jim O'Connell, CEO of ParkMagic Mobile Technology Inc.'s U.S. branch, couldn't comment on the device's status in Chicago. He would say Washington, D.C., will start a pay-by-phone pilot program, including ParkMagic, early this year. New York City also plans to issue a request for proposals.

"While there are toes in the water in various places, pay-by-phone will see rapid deployment in 2010," O'Connell said.

ParkMagic, which has its main office in Ireland, is already deployed in some European cities.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

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

We also have refurbished Alphamate II, and the original Alphamate.

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

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From: James Beckham
Subject: from the newsletter
Date: January 21, 2010 5:19:25 PM CST
To: Brad Dye


I have a large industrial plant as a customer who is looking for a solution to a problem. They have a division that uses a PLC to monitor processes and report off-normal statuses of those processes. They want to send off-normal alerts to my pagers. They are looking for a device that will accept a RS232 stream from the PLC and use the incoming data to then contact the appropriate pager with the proper message. I have seen devices in the past that would accept 1 or 2 contact closures to initiate calls to phones or pagers, but I need something that will accept a 232 stream because of the large number of off-normal conditions. Have you seen anything out there that would fit the bill? I want the pages to come in through my normal alpha ports so I don't have to add a bunch of cards to my Zetron. I have sent the idea to WiPath tonite to see if they have anything.


James Beckham
A-1 Wireless Communications
1500 W. 8th
Amarillo, TX 79101
Office: (806) 372-4487
Fax: (806) 374-7064

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