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AT&T New iPhone Pricing & Availability

The press release provides the definitive AT&T pricing and a link to further info. For a $400 additional fee, you can get the new iPhone without a contract (that is, no long-term commitment, but you still are tied to AT&T--this is not an unlocked phone).For customers who have bought an iPhone before the launch date of July 11, you can upgrade to the new iPhone for the same $199(8GB)/$299(16GB) you would get with a new contract.

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One Small Step at a Time to iPhone Service in Vermont and the North Country (NY)

Yesterday, Verizon and the FCC met to discuss divestiture issues. As devotees of this soap opera may recall, the Department of Justice required Verizon to divest itself of certain cell licenses in order to complete its purchase of Rural Cellular/Unicel. (From the 6/11 letter: "Verizon Wireless has agreed to divest certain cellular licenses and related network assets and subscribers in six markets: Burlington, VT MSA; New York RSA 2 – Franklin; Vermont RSA 1- Franklin; Vermont RSA 2 – Addison; Washington RSA 2 –Okanogan; and Washington RSA 3 – Ferry.

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Disclosure and Data: Are the Media Up to It?

The new data to be reported and disclosed via the 990 can usher in a new era of transparency for non-profits, but this grand scheme relies in part on the media actually using that data. So far, the track record is not so hot, particularly for traditional media.For example, here we are at the end of another quarter, and fund-raising numbers will be released through the Federal Election Commission. What will local media report? Will they pick up a wire service story on the top 10/50/100 contributors to various campaigns?

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New 990: Part VI

Part VI of the core of the new Form 990 for exempt organizations requests information about policies regarding governance, management, and disclosure. This information isn't required by the Internal Revenue Code, but the responses will flow through the 990 to guidestar.org and other Web locations. This is the aspect of the new form that will change the world for some non-profits and their funders. Nothing prevents an organization from giving the "wrong" answer to a question or from providing a phrase such as "flipping a coin" for the Schedule O documentation of procedures.

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New Requirements for Public Disclosure by Non-Profits

With the first tax-exempt returns for a fiscal year starting in 2008, new forms will be used and new standards will apply. This is the long-awaited step forward in transparency and board accountability we've been waiting for. There's an excellent summary of the issues on Patterson Belknap's Web site here.

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Taking a Meeting with the FCC

FCC staff met with representatives of Verizon Wireless and Rural Cellular (Unicel) last Tuesday (June 17) to go over the Department of Justice proposed Final Judgment settling the objections to the sale.Presumably this process is winding down. Could it be in place by July 11 to roll out the new iPhone?

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