Sprint or AT&T? Decision Day For The City of Houston
July 19, 2011

It’s the kind of  issue that rarely gets big headlines or becomes the lead story on the evening news.

However,  Houston Mayor Annise Parker and city council members are on the brink of making a major decision that will have a huge impact on emergency communications for the city and your pocketbook.

The issue is a proposed new and lucrative wireless communications contract.

The choices are Sprint and AT&T, both well-respected companies.

The company that is chosen will provide everything from phones, radio dispatch and emergency communications for the city during hurricane season or other potential disasters.

Mayor Parker supports Sprint, because she believes it will deliver faster and more reliable service, including emergency communications,  at a $3 Million costs savings to taxpayers.

To drive home the point, Sprint parked its ERT truck outside City Hall this week.

However,  some council members support AT&T.

AT&T  is also being pushed by the CWA, Communications Workers of America.

There is also a bit of controversy surrounding this decision.  Earlier this month, Mayor Parker’s campaign treasurer, David Arpin, was hired by Sprint to lobby city hall on its behalf.

Mayor Parker replaced Arpin as her campaign treasurer and insisted he would not influence her decision. 



AT&T calls on Consumers To Support the Troops
November 10, 2010

KPRC Local 2 Anchor Bill Balleza will serve as the emcee of a Veterans Day ceremony at Houston city hall.  There will also be a job fair to support the troops and that’s where you can help by bringing your old cell phones.

AT&T, one of the events main sponsors, would like you to donate the cell phones you no longer use to help the troops.  

Please take a look at the news release below and do what you can to support those who have fought for the security of our country and the freedoms we enjoy in our daily lives.

Funds from recycled cell phones buy prepaid phone cards for service members 

HOUSTON, Nov. 9, 2010 — To show further support for the troops, AT&T* is encouraging consumers who are considering “trading up” cell phones to bring their old phones to the City of Houston’s Veterans Day Commemoration and Parade November 11. 

AT&T partners with Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nonprofit organization that uses funds from recycled cell phones to buy prepaid phone cards for active duty military members overseas. AT&T hopes to provide about $1 million in recycling proceeds through 2010. 

As part of Veterans Day activities, AT&T is joining with Houston city officials to hold the inaugural AT&T Veterans Job Fair at City Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Consumers may drop off their old cell phones at the AT&T booth by the reflecting pool in front of City Hall. 

We are proud to support the job fair, and Cell Phones for Soldiers is a great way to give the public the added opportunity to help military members and their families by donating their old cell phones,” said Dave Nichols, president of AT&T Texas.

 Consumers may also support the troops by texting a $5 donation that will be used to purchase prepaid calling cards for overseas forces. To participate, AT&T customers should text CP4S to 704. AT&T is waiving all messaging charges and taxes for donations. The donations will appear as a line item on customer bills or be debited from a prepaid account.

 Please help a veteran phone home by donating your discarded cell phones. Bring your used cell phones to the AT&T Veterans Day Job Fair booth. Thanks to AT&T, your old cell phones will be turned into calling cards for servicemen and women,” said Mayor Annise Parker. 

Dallas Jones Moves To A New Position
September 2, 2010

Join me in congratulating Dallas Jones,  former District Director in the office of  State Senator Rodney Ellis (D-13)

Dallas has accepted a new position as Deputy Director of  Public Affairs at AT&T over the 11 state Western Region.  (Fortune Magazine has called AT&T  “America’s Most Admired Telecommunications Company)

I’m going to miss him in his former role: Dallas has always a tremendous help to me and other members of   the media whenever we needed information about the Senator’s district or the Houston community.

He was also a reliable source of  information about Houston’s political scene and social and philanthropic causes.

I’m certain we’ll see him working in the community, but in the meantime you can reach Dallas at: http://elitechange.com/

 Best of Luck Dallas!