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PSC reaches 'No-Call' settlement; fines other telemarketers

JACKSON — Chairman of the Public Service Commission Leonard Bentz reports the Public Service Commission has reached a settlement with two companies for alleged violations of the Mississippi “No-Call” law, issued more fines for No-Call violations for another company and issued other fines for yet another company for failures. Bentz issued fines totaling $100,000 for BLC Management, LLC (a/k/a Angles ...

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PSC commissioners voice strong opposition to 'AT&T Bill'

JACKSON — Public Service Commission chairman Leonard Bentz and Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley have voiced opposition to House Bill 825, which they say would remove all oversight the Mississippi Public Service Commission has over AT&T. “This bill is a corporate wish list that gives AT&T the permission to run over and take advantage of every single customer ...

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C Spire promotes three

C Spire Wireless recently announced promotions of three directors. Eric Hollingsworth, senior manager of network operations, has been appointed director of network operations. Hollingsworth is responsible for maintaining all C Spire cell sites and managing major technical projects. Ben Moncrief, public policy manager, has been appointed director of government relations. Moncrief will be responsible for managing all of the company’s ...

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Cell tower plan dropped by AT&T

HERNANDO — Plans for a controversial AT&T cell tower south of Hernando have been dropped. AT&T, facing static from neighbors fearing harm to health and safety and from history buffs noting a nearby Civil War clash in 1863, has retreated. The site of the proposed tower was off Robertson Gin Road south of Hernando. DeSoto County Interim Planning Director Gina ...

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USM polymer department luring more businesses to Hattiesburg area

Some new products developed in Hattiesburg sound like science fiction: Plastic composite materials that are lighter and tougher that steel, a lotion that neutralizes chemical warfare agents, a rehydration solution that helps identify finger prints from the deceased, and a makeup that can protect soldier from burns from road side bombs. But they’re all real. The technology industry in and ...

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Business Digest: Media Civil War

The new media, led by Wikipedia, Google and reddit, are protesting the proposed anti-piracy legislation, SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act), that the music and film industries are seeking. Wikipedia and reddit took off, while Google’s masthead showed the logo completely covered with an image of black tape. Media coverage of what Wikipedia is doing ...

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Computerized politics: Salvation or Satan?

The very notion that I would set out to write a commentary on the explosion of technology in politics would be the subject of much mirth amongst the staffers of the Stennis Institute. As further proof that timing is everything, particularly to an incurable political junkie, the close proximity of the Christmas break in academia and the earlier-than-ever Iowa presidential ...

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Meena makes ranking

Fierce Wireless has named Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire Wireless, as one of the 25 most powerful people in wireless. He ranked 20th on the list. Fierce Wireless wrote: “Meena was general manager and vice president of operations and development of Cellular South before becoming president of Cellular South in 1997. During his tenure as chief executive, ...

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MegaGate Broadband expands sales force

MegaGate Broadband has expanded its corporate sales support team with the appointment of Tiffany Parrish of Laurel, who has returned to MegaGate Broadband as the new sales and marketing manager. Parrish previously worked at MegaGate Broadband as a sales manager for 13 years. She also worked as business development manager for C Spire Wireless. In addition to Parrish’s 18-year experience ...

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Miss. Technology Alliance holds 12th annual conference

At the Mississippi Technology Alliance’s 12th Annual Conference on Technology Innovation last week executives gathered at Jackson Convention Complex to discuss innovation in business and learn about projects from new Mississippi entrepreneurs. MTA is a state-sponsored, non-profit organization that works to drive innovation and technology-based economic development for the state. MTA assists entrepreneurs in developing business plans and connecting them ...

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