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14A Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 Feather River Bulletin PAGER, from page 1A needed to have a system to replace the pagers because PSREC employees had to be reachable in a variety of locations. He said the company was looking into satellite pagers or portable radios and he wanted to share any solu- tions the company found with other agencies that used the pager system previously and possibly buy into a new communication system with those groups, Brandt said it was sad that in a small area one company that wasn't a team player could damage so many others. He was also upset the com- pany cutting off the service didn't seem to tell any of the customers about the change. He said the groups affected should work together to make sure a new solution was based in the small-town tradition of looking after each other instead of being held hostage by an outside group. USA Mobility Public Rela- tions Representative Bob Lougee, who is also listed as the Investor Relations & Corporate Communications Representative, was unaware of the issue when first con- tacted by Feather Publishing. He said his company usual- ly didn't own towers and that this was probably a problem with another company's operation. He asked for information on the claims his company was no longer providing service in an e-mail. After receiving the infor- mation, he sent a response e-mail, which began, "In a nutshell, the answer is yes, we discontinued service in November to this relatively small coverage area within our nationwide network be- cause, quite simply, it had cost us more to provide service to the area than the revenue we received for providing the service. "In short, we had been providing service at a loss in that area. "Thus, given the com- pany's business objective to operate profitably (not to mention an obligation to our shareholders to do so), we are required to remove coverage where there is a lack of profitable demand." Lougee added that "for competitive reasons" he couldn't give specific details on the number of customers that would be affected by the service being shut down. He also didn't answer a question about what geographical areas would be impacted by the change. He continued, "I would also note that we do not take the removal of network coverage lightly, recognizing that at Colts vs Saints Rocker Recliner with Chaise in 3 Colors HOT Sale PHce Referee Al says, "you will really score on these low prices on the bestseat in the house from Big Soft'Rocker Recfiner with Chaise Sale! Reg. 499. Save 51. Reg. 529. Save 201. Glider Swivel High Back Recliner Sale] in Leather Mate Re.699. Save 71. Gilder Swivel Recliner Sale Reg. 529. Save Electric Power Recliner Recliner Sale Sale Reg. 619. Save 51. Save 191. Select from over 60 recfiner styles in stock/ MISS Store-Wide Clearance going on now! OF FURN & CARPEt ON 2830 MAIN STREET, SUSANVILLE 1 257-7788 CA LIC 448528 least a few customers in- evitably are impacted by such a decision. "To put this matter in a bit more perspective, paging demand nationwide (for us as well as the entire paging industry) has been gradually declining for a number of years as a number of cus- tomers have opted for various other wireless tech- nologies, mostly cellular, which is still more expensive than paging--and always will be--but is less expensive by comparison than it was a decade ago. "Even so, USA Mobility, as the nation's largest paging provider with approximately 70 percent of the market in the U.S., continues to expand coverage in certain areas across the country even while our overall subscriber base declines. !'In fact, last year we added several hundred transmitters where there was new and profitable demand for paging services. "Overall, our one-way paging network covers more than 90 percent of the U.S. population." CORRECTION In last week's paper we re- ported the next Quincy blood drive would be Wednesday, March 9, when, in fact, it's Tuesday, March 9. Students in Free Enter- prise, a student club at Feath- er River College, will sponsor the March drive. tpil00e Iks, aiil & mre READING CLUB ~ lst-3rd ~ Meets first Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. 373 w. Main SI. in Quincy 2-BOOK (266,5) Mon. - Sat. 10 - 6 Sun. 12-4pro Our community benefits from it! iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!i i! iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiil Early morning & evening appointments available All appointments seen promptly Accept all insurance Friendly and knowledgeable staff PLUMAS PHYSICAL THERAPY Kory Felker, MPT 78 Central Ave., Quincy 283-2202 Need help REPI If it's ing we can'll find somo can. CONSTRUCTION SINCE IiMI General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035