January 11

Sprint-Nextel tests no-limits cell plan

first_imgNEW YORK – Sprint Nextel is testing a novel cellular plan in the San Francisco Bay area that features unlimited call time, text messages and Internet access on a mobile phone for $120 a month. While not inexpensive, the unusual approach to pricing wireless service could carry profound consequences for the industry if it proves popular and Sprint decides to roll it out nationally. Sprint Nextel Corp. already began moving in that direction in January with a pricey $200 unlimited calling plan for high-volume users. There are some regional carriers and niche service providers offering unlimited plans, but Sprint’s plan appears to be the first mainstream wireless offering of this sort in the United States. The last substantial shift in cellular pricing came nearly a decade ago when the old AT&T Wireless started wiping away the distinction between local and long distance with the launch of a national calling plan. Cell subscribers are conditioned to count minutes, keeping an eye on the clock during calls or waiting for off-peak hours, mindful of the steep surcharges that come with exceeding their monthly allowances. This contrasts sharply with the land-line world, where the rapid spread of unlimited plans over the past decade has created a carefree, all-you-can-eat mentality for local, long-distance and even international calls in some cases. The consumer embrace of unlimited calling plans for land-line phones – popular even though many users might save money by paying per-minute fees instead – suggests that cell users might jump at the opportunity to free themselves from time worries despite the fact that most customers don’t use up all their minutes each month. One potential problem for cellular companies is that wireless networks have far less call capacity than the fiber-optic cables of the traditional telephone system. While network capacity has grown, carriers worry about a repeat of AT&T Wireless’ experience with Digital One Rate. That national calling plan proved so popular that the company’s network couldn’t handle the surge of new users and long-distance call traffic in key markets such as New York. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 22

Local Cancer Care group highlight concern over future of cross border healthcare post-Brexit

first_imgDonegal Action for Cancer Care met with key EU representatives in Brussels during their two day visit this week.The organisation was supported by MEP Matt Carthy who invited them to Brussels and funded the trip. Carthy will now also table a question for DACC addressing their concerns.Betty Holmes of DACC says: “For DACC we want the people on both sides of the border to realise Brexit is coming to your door and we believe cross border health care is not being talked or included as it should be. “While DACC’s focus is on cross border health we want people to be clear about the impact that a hard border could have for us in Donegal; the six counties is a human rights issue.“While our trip to Brussels was a whirlwind one, we had many important meetings with key individuals.”The DACC map was shown to demonstrate the importance of cross-border healthcare due to Donegal’s distance from Centres of Excellence, and the map was received with surprise.“The DACC map made a big impression on those that we met it was like the visual realisation of where Donegal is in the context of the six counties. The map highlighted the eight Centres of Excellence below the Dublin / Galway line with us being asked why there was none above this line. “We were able to highlight our concerns and we referred to the European Commission on effective, accessible and resilient health systems.“Health systems must be accessible. This is one of the principles stated in the European Social Charter, which emphasises the importance of transparent criteria for access to medical treatment and the obligation for States to have adequate healthcare system which does not exclude parts of the population from receiving healthcare services. For us, Donegal patients who are EU Citizens, will be excluded post-Brexit!“We also raised our concerns that a Brexit agreement would be reached and post-Brexit in 2019 when we would raise some concerns about cross border health we would be told by the UK Government “that this is what the Irish Government agreed to”.“On our return we have written to Minister Simon Coveney TD, Tánaiste, and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade with Responsibility for Brexit with our urgent meeting request. We have also asked Minister Joe Mc Hugh TD for his help with this and have to say Minister Mc Hugh TD & his team have given us commitment that they will help with this urgent request.”The key concerns of DACC are outlined by Betty Holmes:• The two Linear Radiotherapy Units at Altnagelvin Hospital that the Irish Government made a considerable investment (€19 million) for Donegal cancer patients, what happens post-Brexit March 2019? Without a critical mass how will the Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital function post-Brexit? We highlighted the fact that there is a Memorandum of Understanding for 25 years regarding cross border Health.• The service agreement that is in place between the Irish & Stormont Governments for 348 Donegal cancer patients to have their Radiotherapy at Altnagelvin Hospital, how will this be protected?• Will Donegal cancer patients be able to access Radiotherapy at Altnagelvin post Brexit?• Can medical information sharing continue across the Border post Brexit?• Cross border cardiac services for Donegal patients – how will this be able to continue?• What impact will there be on Ambulances crossing the border to Altnagelvin? Will ambulances from the 6 counties be able to attend RTAs and medical emergencies in Donegal and take patients to Altnagelvin Hospital as it is the closest?• Cross border Paediatric Cardiology Services for children in the 6 counties accessing treatment atDublin Hospitals? What will happen post Brexit?• Cross border Community Health Initiatives funded through the EU?• Also for serious consideration is the fact that the long-awaited second Breast Surgeon at Letterkenny University Hospital who started on the 24th July has a cross border element to that appointment. We have concerns that the post was only a Locum one for 1 year which is not acceptable at all. “For us in DACC these are all very important services but our very serious concerns are and we are sure you can appreciate regarding the future of the Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin. The real impact will not be evident for 3 years,” Betty continued.“We in Donegal Action for Cancer Care also asked the EU that there is a Hard Border that the European Union must help Donegal patients by ensuring that the necessary supports would be made available to the Irish Government to ensure that Letterkenny University Hospital Co. Donegal will be resourced and developed to meet the needs of the population as stated in the European Commission on Effective, Accessible & Resilient Health Systems and that Donegal does not continue to be excluded!Local Cancer Care group highlight concern over future of cross border healthcare post-Brexit was last modified: December 8th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DACCDONEGAL ACTION FOR CANCER CARElast_img read more