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Bloomberg announces far-ranging telecom plan for NYC
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has unveiled a plan to improve the city’s telecommunications infrastructure. The plan was developed as a collaborative effort between the Economic Development Corp., the Department of Information Technology and Telecommuniations (DoITT), and the Department of Small Business Services. It makes 21 recommendations for the city to underatke in the next two to five years, including a plan that would see the city work with private broadband and telecom companies to pilot innovative ways to deploy broadband to blanket the five boroughs and to educate businesses about the benefits of high-speed Internet access.

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Ron Kaczorowski has been appointed executive VP of sales and marketing, health at Emergis Inc. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in information technology combined with an understanding of the healthcare industry, making him an ideal candidate for the job. Kaczorowski has worked at Philips Medical Systems Canada, Agilent Technologies and HP Canada.

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Feds launch $2.98-million critical infrastructure study
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada and Science and Engineering Research Canada will launch six studies in conjunction with various partners to study the interdependencies of Canada’s major infrastructure systems. Some of the $2.98 million it will cost to conduct the studies has been earmarked for researching communications systems, and the initiative will receive $650,000 in cash and $1 million from a variety of private- and public-sector partners including Bell Canada and TELUS Corp.

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VoIP services competition heating up with independents and cable companies

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User Coalition Picks Up Steam

CCT launches website, recruits individual companies

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Call Centres on Verge of Change

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