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15 July 2009

BEIRG launch interactive group on Linkedin

With key issues to be resolved in the coming months surrounding the radio frequency allocation for the sector, and some essential questions to be answered with regards to potential funding for the industry vacating channel 69 and the remainder of the 800MHz band, the BEIRG Steering Group, supported by PLASA, have launched an information Group on the popular business network site Linkedin.

To access the BEIRG Group on Linkedin all you have to do is go to www.linkedin.com and sign up for free. After you have completed a very quick and easy sign-up, just search under groups for BEIRG and apply to join.

Commenting on the new Linkedin initiative, BEIRG Steering Group member Alan March said: "With the increasing amount of decisions that are starting to be made, it's very important that as many people as possible come forward and give us their input. In the coming weeks we will be asking the industry to supply figures for equipment that they own that will be rendered useless or that will need expensive modification as a result of the impending spectrum changes. If people do not come forward and respond to this, then it greatly reduces their prospects of being able to secure the funding that they are eligible for. The Linkedin site is ideal for this purpose. It has been noticeable just how many more people within the industry are now using this service and the interactive nature of it makes it an ideal platform for two-way communication."

BEIRG are keen to secure the involvement of rental companies, freelance sound engineers and other individuals or companies that own wireless equipment that works across channels 61–69, as well as companies whose equipment operates in the cleared spectrum on channels 31 -37.

www.beirg.co.uk

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