Pager Service Disruption Worries Quebec’s Rural Communities

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Telus announced that it is canceling its pager service across Canada, effective March 31, 2015. This is cause for worry amongst some residents of Quebec’s rural communities according to CBC News. Several anglophone coastline villages near Labrador, on Quebec’s Lower North Shore, do not have cellphone service. They rely on pagers to reach health-care workers and emergency responders. Without a pager system, according to Rowsell Roberts, volunteer firefighters and health-care workers would have to wait by the phone at home. Another group recommend using two-way radios — a 1950’s technology attempting to cure 21st century urgent messaging needs. Pagers Are Obsolete Fewer and fewer people are using pagers – the devices you hold in your hand – as time goes on. The number of pagers in use has been plummeting each year since their height in the mid-1990s. Nonetheless, as of 2013, about 161,500 Canadians still had paging service subscriptions, according […] Read more »

6 Tips For Establishing a BYOD Policy


Before we even consider the 6 tips for establishing a BYOD policy, why should companies consider letting their employees bring their own personal devices to work? Some studies show productivity gains by employees using their own devices. Many companies are of the opinion that allowing employees to use their own devices at work increases morale. One survey indicated that almost half of job seekers viewed an organization more positively if it supports their personal device. So, if you are considering letting your employees use their own devices and want to address device security, IT service, and application use intelligently, here are a few tips for establishing an effective BYOD policy for your company. Tip #1: Determine What Devices Are Allowed – And Tell Everyone Today there are many devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.) to choose from on several systems — Blackberry, iOS, and Android. It is important to let your […] Read more »