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Midland Communications Reports Rapid Increase in the Popularity of Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Trunking Among the Region's Small to Mid-sized Businesses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Suerth   
Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:38
Numerous Benefits of New Communications Technology Driving Demand

DAVENPORT, IA - April 18, 2012 - Midland Communications, an industry leader in business communications, announced today that the company is seeing a rapid increase in the popularity for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Trunking among the region's small to mid-sized businesses.  Numerous benefits of this relatively new communications technology such as cost, flexibility, and advanced business applications are driving the demand for SIP technology.
SIP Trunking typically allows businesses that have Internet Protocol-Private Branch Exchanges (IP-PBXs) to combine their voice and data services onto a SIP-based Trunk rather than use primary rate interface (PRI), T-1 or other types of Time-Division Multiplexing (TDM) links. Some service providers are offering IP Trunking to connect TDM-based PBXs or key systems to a SIP backbone, using an on-premises device to convert TDM voice to IP.  In more simple terms, SIP supports any form of real-time communication regardless of whether the content is voice, video, instant messaging, or a collaboration application.  Additionally, SIP enables users to inform others of their status, their availability, and how they can be contacted before a communication is even initiated.
Many SMBs have made the transition to VoIP; however, most are only using it for communication on the LAN.  In this scenario VoIP is only being used as a one-to-one replacement for traditional telephony.  These businesses realize a sound return on investment by lowering administrative costs as well as costs associated with calls made within the company.  SIP Trunking, on the other hand, provides a greater return because it takes VoIP a step further.  For instance, full potential for IP communications can be realized only when communication is taken outside of an organization's LAN.  SIP trunks thus eliminate the need for local PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) gateways, costly BRIs (Basic Rate Interfaces) or PRIs (Primary Rate Interfaces).  Furthermore, it directly operates with existing IP-PBXs so there is no need for additional hardware.
"The SMB marketplace has started to really embrace SIP Trunking because it will dramatically increase their profitability and give them a competitive advantage," said Jason Smith, Vice President of Midland Communications.  "Until now most companies would have purchased a PRI or multiple access lines and a data connection.  SIP lets them converge their traffic onto a single line.  Outdated technology, inefficient networks, and a down economy are driving SMBs in this direction - customers have excess bandwidth on their data networks and they want to see how they can best utilize or reduce it."
"SIP's flexibility supports our position as our customers trusted communications advisor.  After we understand their strategic business objectives we can use the breadth and depth of SIP technology to support all of their needs," added Mr. Smith.  "Soon SIP will become a more popular and meaningful acronym than VoIP."


Midland Communications began more than 60 years ago in 1946 as the Worldwide Marketing Arm of Victor-Animagraph Projectors. In 1977 a communications division was formed due to a partnership with NEC America. Today, As a distributor of NEC America, for 33 years, Midland Communications has a customer base of more than 3,000 satisfied customers that include general businesses, government agencies, Universities, colleges, hospitals, and hotels.
Midland provides a wide range of communication services including VOIP, PBX and key systems, Wide Area and Local Area networking, computers, Computer integration, voice mail, CCIS, and video conferencing and paging systems. Our philosophy is simple, provide quality products at a fair price, backed by an average emergency response time of twenty minutes, and the best service in the industry. For more information on Midland Communications, call (563) 326-1237 or visit


Teen Poetry Contest at the Moline Public Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jan LaRoche   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:57

The deadline for students in grades 6-12 to enter the Teen Poetry Contest at the Moline Public Library is Saturday, April 21. Students can enter one (1) original poem of up to 25 lines for a chance to win a gift certificate of up to $25. Entry forms are available at the library or online at http://molinelibraryteens.. Poems may also be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and should include the poet’s name, phone number, grade, school, and the title of the poem. Anyone who submits a poem for the contest can read at the Poetry Café at the Library on Saturday, May 5 at 10:00 a.m. Prizes will also be handed out at that time. For more information call 309-524-2440 or visit us at 3210 41st Street, Moline, IL 61265.

James Stratton Wins Award for Work on College Newspaper PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Friday, 13 April 2012 15:29

ROCK ISLAND, IL (04/13/2012)(readMedia)-- Augustana College's student-run newspaper, the Augustana Observer, won 14 awards at the annual Illinois College Press Association (ICPA) conference held recently in Chicago. The publication received third place in general excellence and set an Augustana record by receiving six first-place journalism awards.

James Stratton, a sophomore from Sherrard, Ill., majoring in multimedia journalism and mass communication was among the students honored.

"The student newspaper is an ideal place for journalism and graphic arts students to hone their skills," said Jim Dyer, visiting associate professor of communication studies and advisor to the Augustana Observer.

Kelvin Mason, associate professor of art and graphic design, added, "I think it's a really great collaborative opportunity between different people who have different things in mind about what they want to happen in a publication."

The Observer competed in two divisions: the Open Division, which includes all colleges and universities in the state, and the Non-Dailies Division for colleges with a student population less than 4,000.

The ICPA awards and other Augustana College journalism awards will be handed out at the annual Fourth Estate Awards Banquet on Sunday, May 6, at 12:30 p.m., in the Loft of the College Center (3750 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.). At this event, administrators, faculty, staff, students and their parents will celebrate the journalism successes of all students during the last year. The keynote speaker will be Mark Konkol, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at the Chicago Sun Times.

Former Davenport resident, Janet (Bargmann) Thompsen co-authors Lovable Linc, the story of a school’s mascot cat. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janet Thompsen   
Friday, 13 April 2012 12:13
Janet (Bargmann) Thompsen, who grew up in Davenport and worked in the Davenport Children’s Library, has co-authored a children’s book. It tells the true story of a beloved cat named Linc, that served as the mascot of Lincoln Elementary School in Waterloo, Iowa for seven years. Thompsen and Lori Gross-Maynard wrote the story about the orphaned kitten who was adopted by Lincoln’s staff and impacted the lives of hundreds of students from 1994 to 2001. Doris Webber, a retired para-educator from the school, illustrated the book bringing Linc’s story to life. This tribute to the school’s feline friend will delight children and adults, and keep fond memories alive for cat lovers everywhere.

A book signing will be held May 5 from 12:00-3:00 at the Moline Book Rack 3937 41st Ave. Dr., Moline. Copies of the book are also available at the Bettendorf Book Rack Store.

NRA's Annual Meetings & Exhibits 2012: A Celebration of American Values PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Samford   
Friday, 13 April 2012 12:10

St. Louis, Missouri Hosts Several Acres of Guns, Gear & Outfitters


Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association (NRA) is pleased to announce this year's Annual Meetings and Exhibits to be held at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri from April 12-15, 2012.

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Members of the news media who wish to cover this year’s event will need press credentials. For press credentials, please call NRA Public Affairs at (703) 267-3820. Credentials will be available for pick-up in the press office starting at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 12. Television crews and still photographers should bring necessary equipment and lenses (sports lenses) to cover events from platforms at distances from 150-200 feet from the stage. (Please note: Due to limited resources, requests from U.S. media outlets will be given priority over foreign media requests. All foreign media requests will be handled as time and resources allow.)

The NRA’s Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum will take place on Friday, April 13, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. All press will be admitted through Entrance B only.  Per instructions from the United States Secret Service, media pre-set will be at 10:00 a.m. The throw distance is approximately 150 feet. Satellite trucks can be parked on North Broadway near Convention Plaza. Confirmed speakers include the Honorable Ken Blackwell, Senator Roy Blunt, Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senator Chuck Grassley, Congressman Darrell Issa, Governor Bobby Jindal, Lt. Col. Oliver North, Governor Rick Perry, Governor Mitt Romney, Senator Rick Santorum, and Governor Scott Walker.

NRA’s 4th Annual Celebration of American Values Freedom Event will take place Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. Glenn Beck, political commentator and host of the Glenn Beck Program, will be the featured speaker for the evening. Guests will also be treated to a rousing performance by award-winning comedian and member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Larry the Cable Guy. The throw distance is approximately 150 feet.

More than 65,000 attendees are expected at this year’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits, making this one of the largest in NRA’s 141-year history. Leading firearm manufacturers will display the firearm industry’s latest and greatest products. Guides and outfitters, various hunting and shooting accessories, and an extensive private collection displayed by NRA-affiliated gun collector clubs will fill acres of convention space.

For more information, including event tickets, please visit

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. Four million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services.

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