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AT&T expects even more 3G coverage as the year goes on

Company says iPhone sales in state are up since last 3G expansion AT&T expanded its 3G market in Mississippi in the late fall of 2009 and early winter of 2010, and areas of the state will continue to see expansion in coverage this year, company officials said. In an area that spans north of Clarksdale, east to the Batesville area ...

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Delta county getting high-speed Internet

CLARKSDALE — Clarksdale and Coahoma County residents will soon have high-speed Internet access thanks to a partnership between the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and the Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA). Clarksdale is home to the national headquarters for the DRA, a federal-state partnership that covers 252 counties in eight states, including Mississippi. DRA developed the iDelta: Information Technology in the Delta ...

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AT&T, union reach labor agreement

DALLAS — AT&T Inc. announced that core wireline employees in its Southeast Region (CWA District 3) have voted to ratify a three-year agreement with the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The agreement covers about 30,000 CWA members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The contract expired Aug. 8, 2009, and employees have worked ...

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Jeff named to lead MTA

The Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA) board of directors chair Jan Farrington announced that Tony Jeff has been selected as the organization’s new president and CEO. Jeff previously served as vice president and chief operating officer and director of MTA’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship where he coordinated MTA’s efforts to help entrepreneurs bring their innovations successfully to market. He coached ...

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AT&T versus Verizon in Mississippi

Who is really winning the battle of cell phones; and what about Cellular South? AT&T is currently airing a number of entertaining commercials featuring actor Luke Wilson promoting the company as the nation’s best wireless carrier and downplaying Verizon, its main competitor. Which company in the rapidly changing world of cellular phone service is the best for customers in Mississippi? ...

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Camgian’s new venture transfers technology

Wave will transition Camgian’s asynchronous metal–oxide–semiconductor technology into the mainstream semiconductor industry A Starkville-based provider of advanced electronic systems and semiconductor technologies has completed an agreement to transfer its ultra low-power digital circuit technology to Wave Semiconductor. Camgian Microsystems CEO Gary Butler said in a press release that the new venture is being funded by Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tallwood Venture ...

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Mississippi Technology Alliance announces president/CEO

In a press release issued Tuesday, January 12th, the Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA) Board of Directors Chair Jan Farrington announced that Tony Jeff has been selected as the organization’s new president and CEO. “The Board of Directors is confident in Tony’s ability to lead MTA, the state’s only organization focused solely on innovation-based economic development,” said Farrington. “We are impressed ...

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Venture Technologies

In the early 1980s, Norman Katool, CPA, and Gerard Gibert were providing information technology (IT) consulting and auditing services to clients of a Jackson CPA firm when they began to be intrigued by the microcomputer phenomenon that was transforming businesses as well as governments. They wanted to become involved, but how? Taking a leap into the unknown, Gibert responded to ...

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Auto metering a new wave from SmartSynch

System allows utility to remotely collect meter data rather than the monthly checks made by meter readers Southern Pine Electric Power Association (SPEPA) is the first utility in Mississippi to use the technology of another Mississippi company that provides automatic metering infrastructure, or AMI, to utilities across the nation. For its commercial and industrial accounts, SPEPA will use SmartSynch’s SmartMeter ...

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Hankins’ career began inauspiciously

Cellular South’s COO says company’s story is ‘really compelling’ Kevin Hankins was pursuing an engineering degree in the 1980s when he received a telephone call one afternoon. A representative from Motorola was on the line and asked if Hankins had ever heard of cellular technology. “I told him, ‘Why, no. I haven’t,” Hankins said. That was the beginning of Hankins’ ...

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