1. Mobile & Wireless Perspectives - Wireless Technologies and Your Government

2. Announcements - Windows & .NET Magazine Connections: Fall Dates Announced - Get the eBook That Will Help You Get Certified!

3. Instant Poll - Results of Previous Poll: AP at Home or Work? - New Instant Poll: 802.1x/WPA Security

4. Events - Security 2003 Road Show 5. New and Improved - Improve Analyzer Security - Deploy and Operate Wireless Networks - Submit Top Product Ideas

6. Contact Us - See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

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1. ==== Mobile & Wireless Perspectives ==== (contributed by Steve Milroy, steve@milroy.com)

Wireless Technologies and Your Government In this edition of Networking UPDATE: Mobile & Wireless Edition, I want to talk briefly about how governments regulate the development and use of wireless technologies. Regulation varies from country to country and can both benefit and hamper your use of mobile devices. Government departments around the world control the use of wireless frequencies. This control encompasses licensing the spectrum for use by particular entities (operators, military, and public), certifying devices, and enforcing other regulations such as mandating support for Local Number Portability (LNP) and Location-Based Services (LBS). Government regulations highly control some markets; for example, in Europe, most governments have mandated the use of the digital cell phone technology Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM), resulting in the widespread use of that standard. The benefit to European users is that GSM is the standard for operator services. By contrast, in the United States, the lack of a mandate has resulted in the proliferation of several wireless and paging technologies, including GSM, Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), and iDEN. Users have more functionality options, but adoption of these technologies has slowed. In the United States, the FCC regulates the telecommunications industry and the use of wireless technologies. The FCC must certify every device that uses wireless technology, and this certification varies depending on the wireless-transmission type and signal strengths used. The FCC controls the use of wireless frequencies; some frequencies are licensed to specific wireless operators (such as those who use the 1900MHz range for personal communication services--PCS--phone service), and some frequencies are open for everyone's use (such as the 2.4GHz range that Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cordless phones use). In many countries, wireless operators have to implement LNP to permit users to keep their mobile phone number after changing wireless operators. US operators have been slow to implement this functionality. The FCC has mandated that carriers provide this functionality, but compliance has been delayed several times because of the high cost of implementing the LNP infrastructure, as well as operator resistance. Some operators believe that if they offer the functionality, they might lose subscribers who suddenly find that switching to a different operator is easier than before. LBS is rarely mandated, but the services it provides might be. As I've discussed in previous Mobile & Wireless Perspectives columns, the FCC has mandated that operators use LBS to locate subscribers in their network for the purpose of 911 emergencies. This regulation, which is part of the E911 bill, will permit locating 911 callers and quicker dispatch of emergency personnel. Compliance with the full E911 Phase 2 regulations has also been delayed, again because of the cost and complexity of implementing the infrastructure to support the features. As you can see, governments play a significant role in the use of wireless technologies. In my next Networking UPDATE: Mobile & Wireless Edition column on July 16, I'll look at some new mobile technologies that Microsoft will announce soon.

==== 2. Announcements ==== (from Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

Windows & .NET Magazine Connections: Fall Dates Announced Jump-start your fall 2003 training plans by securing your seat for Windows & .NET Magazine Connections Fall, scheduled for November 2 through 6, 2003, in Orlando, Florida. Register now to receive the lowest possible registration fee. Call 800-505-1201 or 203-268-3204 for more information. http://www.devconnections.com

Get the eBook That Will Help You Get Certified! The "Insider's Guide to IT Certification," from the Windows & .NET Magazine Network, has one goal: to help you save time and money on your quest for certification. Find out how to choose the best study guides, save hundreds of dollars, and be successful as an IT professional. The amount of time you spend reading this book will be more than made up by the time you save preparing for your certification exams. Order your copy today! http://winnet.bookaisle.com/ebookcover.asp?ebookid=13475

==== 3. Instant Poll ====

Results of Previous Poll: AP at Home or Work? The voting has closed in Windows & .NET Magazine's nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "Where have you set up a wireless Access Point (AP)?" Here are the results from the 10 votes: - 40% At home - 20% At the office - 30% Both - 10% Neither

New Instant Poll: 802.1x/WPA Security The next Instant Poll question is, "When does your organization plan to deploy 802.1x/Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) wireless security?" Go to the Windows & .NET Magazine home page and submit your vote for a) This year, b) Next year, c) In the next couple of years, or d) Never. http://www.mobile-and-wireless.com

==== 4. Events ==== (brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine)

Security 2003 Road Show Join Mark Minasi and Paul Thurrott as they deliver sound security advice at our popular Security 2003 Road Show event. http://www.winnetmag.com/roadshows/security2003

==== 5. New and Improved ==== by Carolyn Mader, products@winnetmag.com

Improve Analyzer Security WildPackets announced that AiroPeek 2.0 and AiroPeek NX 2.0 support the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) wireless security initiative. AiroPeek and AiroPeek NX are wireless LAN (WLAN) analyzers. WPA is an encryption and authentication technique that improves security protection to wireless networks. WAP implements 801.1x and Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP). Contact WildPackets at 925-937-3200 or info@wildpackets.com. http://www.wildpackets.com

Deploy and Operate Wireless Networks ReefEdge announced its Wireless Services Fabric, a family of products that conform to a common architecture and comprise the CS200 Wireless Services Concentrator, AirMonitor, and Multisite Manager. The Wireless Services Fabric provides services that simplify the deployment and operation of wireless networks. Contact ReefEdge at 201-242-9700. http://www.reefedge.com

Submit Top Product Ideas Have you used a product that changed your IT experience by saving you time or easing your daily burden? Do you know of a terrific product that others should know about? Tell us! We want to write about the product in a future Windows & .NET Magazine What's Hot column. Send your product suggestions to whatshot@winnetmag.com.

==== Sponsored Links ====

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==== 6. Contact Us ====

About the newsletter -- letters@winnetmag.com About technical questions -- http://www.winnetmag.com/forums About product news -- products@winnetmag.com About your subscription -- winnetmagupdate@winnetmag.com About sponsoring UPDATE -- emedia_opps@winnetmag.com

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1. Mobile & Wireless Perspectives - Wireless Technologies and Your Government

2. Announcements - Windows & .NET Magazine Connections: Fall Dates Announced - Get the eBook That Will Help You Get Certified!

3. Instant Poll - Results of Previous Poll: AP at Home or Work? - New Instant Poll: 802.1x/WPA Security

4. Events - Security 2003 Road Show 5. New and Improved - Improve Analyzer Security - Deploy and Operate Wireless Networks - Submit Top Product Ideas

6. Contact Us - See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

==========

1. ==== Mobile & Wireless Perspectives ==== (contributed by Steve Milroy, steve@milroy.com)

Wireless Technologies and Your Government In this edition of Networking UPDATE: Mobile & Wireless Edition, I want to talk briefly about how governments regulate the development and use of wireless technologies. Regulation varies from country to country and can both benefit and hamper your use of mobile devices. Government departments around the world control the use of wireless frequencies. This control encompasses licensing the spectrum for use by particular entities (operators, military, and public), certifying devices, and enforcing other regulations such as mandating support for Local Number Portability (LNP) and Location-Based Services (LBS). Government regulations highly control some markets; for example, in Europe, most governments have mandated the use of the digital cell phone technology Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM), resulting in the widespread use of that standard. The benefit to European users is that GSM is the standard for operator services. By contrast, in the United States, the lack of a mandate has resulted in the proliferation of several wireless and paging technologies, including GSM, Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), and iDEN. Users have more functionality options, but adoption of these technologies has slowed. In the United States, the FCC regulates the telecommunications industry and the use of wireless technologies. The FCC must certify every device that uses wireless technology, and this certification varies depending on the wireless-transmission type and signal strengths used. The FCC controls the use of wireless frequencies; some frequencies are licensed to specific wireless operators (such as those who use the 1900MHz range for personal communication services--PCS--phone service), and some frequencies are open for everyone's use (such as the 2.4GHz range that Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cordless phones use). In many countries, wireless operators have to implement LNP to permit users to keep their mobile phone number after changing wireless operators. US operators have been slow to implement this functionality. The FCC has mandated that carriers provide this functionality, but compliance has been delayed several times because of the high cost of implementing the LNP infrastructure, as well as operator resistance. Some operators believe that if they offer the functionality, they might lose subscribers who suddenly find that switching to a different operator is easier than before. LBS is rarely mandated, but the services it provides might be. As I've discussed in previous Mobile & Wireless Perspectives columns, the FCC has mandated that operators use LBS to locate subscribers in their network for the purpose of 911 emergencies. This regulation, which is part of the E911 bill, will permit locating 911 callers and quicker dispatch of emergency personnel. Compliance with the full E911 Phase 2 regulations has also been delayed, again because of the cost and complexity of implementing the infrastructure to support the features. As you can see, governments play a significant role in the use of wireless technologies. In my next Networking UPDATE: Mobile & Wireless Edition column on July 16, I'll look at some new mobile technologies that Microsoft will announce soon.

==== 2. Announcements ==== (from Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

Windows & .NET Magazine Connections: Fall Dates Announced Jump-start your fall 2003 training plans by securing your seat for Windows & .NET Magazine Connections Fall, scheduled for November 2 through 6, 2003, in Orlando, Florida. Register now to receive the lowest possible registration fee. Call 800-505-1201 or 203-268-3204 for more information. http://www.devconnections.com

Get the eBook That Will Help You Get Certified! The "Insider's Guide to IT Certification," from the Windows & .NET Magazine Network, has one goal: to help you save time and money on your quest for certification. Find out how to choose the best study guides, save hundreds of dollars, and be successful as an IT professional. The amount of time you spend reading this book will be more than made up by the time you save preparing for your certification exams. Order your copy today! http://winnet.bookaisle.com/ebookcover.asp?ebookid=13475

==== 3. Instant Poll ====

Results of Previous Poll: AP at Home or Work? The voting has closed in Windows & .NET Magazine's nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "Where have you set up a wireless Access Point (AP)?" Here are the results from the 10 votes: - 40% At home - 20% At the office - 30% Both - 10% Neither

New Instant Poll: 802.1x/WPA Security The next Instant Poll question is, "When does your organization plan to deploy 802.1x/Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) wireless security?" Go to the Windows & .NET Magazine home page and submit your vote for a) This year, b) Next year, c) In the next couple of years, or d) Never. http://www.mobile-and-wireless.com

==== 4. Events ==== (brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine)

Security 2003 Road Show Join Mark Minasi and Paul Thurrott as they deliver sound security advice at our popular Security 2003 Road Show event. http://www.winnetmag.com/roadshows/security2003

==== 5. New and Improved ==== by Carolyn Mader, products@winnetmag.com

Improve Analyzer Security WildPackets announced that AiroPeek 2.0 and AiroPeek NX 2.0 support the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) wireless security initiative. AiroPeek and AiroPeek NX are wireless LAN (WLAN) analyzers. WPA is an encryption and authentication technique that improves security protection to wireless networks. WAP implements 801.1x and Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP). Contact WildPackets at 925-937-3200 or info@wildpackets.com. http://www.wildpackets.com

Deploy and Operate Wireless Networks ReefEdge announced its Wireless Services Fabric, a family of products that conform to a common architecture and comprise the CS200 Wireless Services Concentrator, AirMonitor, and Multisite Manager. The Wireless Services Fabric provides services that simplify the deployment and operation of wireless networks. Contact ReefEdge at 201-242-9700. http://www.reefedge.com

Submit Top Product Ideas Have you used a product that changed your IT experience by saving you time or easing your daily burden? Do you know of a terrific product that others should know about? Tell us! We want to write about the product in a future Windows & .NET Magazine What's Hot column. Send your product suggestions to whatshot@winnetmag.com.

==== Sponsored Links ====

FaxBack Integrate FAX into Exchange/Outlook (Whitepaper, ROI, Trial) http://www.faxback.com/w2ksponorlink

==== 6. Contact Us ====

About the newsletter -- letters@winnetmag.com About technical questions -- http://www.winnetmag.com/forums About product news -- products@winnetmag.com About your subscription -- winnetmagupdate@winnetmag.com About sponsoring UPDATE -- emedia_opps@winnetmag.com

=============== This email newsletter is brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine, the leading publication for IT professionals deploying Windows and related technologies. Subscribe today. http://www.winnetmag.com/sub.cfm?code=wswi201x1z