TIA Creates New Member Class, Elects Motorolas Barth

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has changed its bylaws to establish a membership class for general service providers and enterprises.

It was time to update our member classifications to reflect the changes in our industry and to simplify membership marketing, explains Matthew J. Flanigan, TIA president. We had always included carriers and international manufacturers in our Limited General category. In order for the association to have a more global reach, we moved all manufacturers/suppliers to the General Supplier/Manufacturer category and moved the service providers to the new General Service Provider/Enterprise category.

Flanigan says the latter category now contains more benefits, including the chance for members to network with their suppliers and take advantage of reduced costs on booth space at all TIA-sponsored events, including GLOBALCOMM.

The organization held its summer meeting last week, during which it also approved the election of a new member, Richard C. Barth, Motorola Inc.s corporate vice president of funding and development. Barth oversees divisions that provide funding, spectrum and regulatory rules to Motorola’s federal, state and local public safety customers.

He will be a great asset to the TIA staff with strategic input on standards, spectrum and first responders requirements, in addition to advocating funding for basic communications research, says Flanigan. Richard is based in Washington, D.C., and will be in direct contact with the TIA staff to offer guidance from a member perspective.

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