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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | January 10, 1995
The Washington Post Co. bailed out of its investment in a new generation of wireless telephone services yesterday as it announced the sale of almost all of its stake in Bethesda-based American Personal Communications.The Washington-based newspaper company sold all but 1.5 percent of its 70 percent stake in American Personal Communications to APC Inc., its partner in the venture, and a joint venture of Sprint Corp. and three of the nation's leading cable companies.APC Inc., controlled by the Schelle family of Brooklandville, will own 49.5 percent of American Personal Communications, which has been awarded one of the two licenses for "personal communications services" (PCS)
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July 3, 2005
These government-related public meetings have been scheduled: TUESDAY Harford County Council Legislative Session 8 p.m., County Council Chambers, 212 S. Bond St., Bel Air, 410-638-3343. www.co.ha.md.us/council/Agenda.cfm. WEDNESDAY Zoning hearing examiner's public hearing 6:30 p.m., County Council chambers, 212 S. Bond St., Bel Air. 410-638-3349. Zoning Case: 5483. Century Lions Club & APC Realty & Equip., 2104 Trimble Road, Edgewood. www.co.ha.md.us/council/zoning.cfm. To request disability-related accommodations, call the number in an entry seven business days before the meeting.
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By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF | January 8, 1998
Bethesda-based American Personal Communications LP has dissolved after giving up its minority share of Sprint Spectrum, the pioneering digital wireless network that it helped to establish.Sprint PCS, the majority owner of Sprint Spectrum, said Tuesday that it has taken complete control of the network by acquiring APC's share.Before the acquisition, which closed on Jan. 1, Sprint PCS had already owned 58.5 percent of Sprint Spectrum, with APC controlling the rest. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | September 2, 2004
In a rush and late for work, Holly Tominack dashed into the main Baltimore post office yesterday, juggling four packages and her motorcycle helmet and proceeded to do the previously unthinkable: transact postal business quickly during the lunch hour. Tominack skipped the line of customers at the counter and headed instead for the "automated postal center" - an ATM-like contraption that lets customers weigh packages and purchase postage without the aid of a clerk. In just a few minutes, Tominack had whipped through the machine's touch screen to return a mail-order jacket and to send birthday gifts to her twin sister in Missouri and two sisters-in-law in Louisiana.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | March 27, 1996
American Personal Communications Inc., builder of the nation's first all-digital wireless telephone network, says it has signed up 60,000 subscribers for its Sprint Spectrum service -- almost 10 months ahead of its original projections.The Bethesda-based company's announcement at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association convention in Dallas this week was its first release of sales data for the pioneering "personal communications services" network since APC launched the service in the Baltimore-Washington area in November.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | March 29, 1996
American Personal Communications Inc., a promising rookie in the wireless telephone game, will soon be getting marketing help from a veteran's veteran -- Cal Ripken Jr.The Orioles shortstop has filmed and recorded a series of commercials for APC's Sprint Spectrum service, Mr. Ripken's representative on endorsements confirmed yesterday.Ira Rainess, general counsel of the Tufton Group, said he expects the ad campaign to begin in conjunction with the start of the baseball season. The Orioles open their season Monday at Camden Yards.
BUSINESS
April 3, 1997
The local affiliate of Sprint Spectrum said it has reached a deal that will let its customers use their wireless phones outside the Baltimore-Washington area for the first time, but initially only when they travel to the New York area.American Personal Communications of Bethesda, which controls the local Sprint Spectrum affiliate, quickly carved out up to a 30 percent share of the Baltimore-Washington wireless phone market after introducing all-digital personal communications service phones in 1995.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | March 10, 1995
...TC American Personal Communications, a Bethesda-based company that plans to launch a new generation of wireless telephone services later this year, said yesterday that it will locate its main switching hub in Hanover, bringing up to 50 jobs to northern Anne Arundel County.APC, one of three companies the Federal Communications Commission has designated as "pioneers" in personal communications services (PCS) technology, has signed a 10- year lease on a 15,000-square-foot office in the Park Circle industrial park near Dorsey Road and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
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By a Sun Staff Writer | April 4, 1995
American Personal Communications, the Bethesda-based company that is building a wireless telephone network in the Baltimore-Washington area, has replaced its chief executive officer with the son of its founder.APC announced yesterday that Scott Schelle, the 33-year-old son of cellular phone industry pioneer Wayne Schelle, would succeed Gerald T. Vento, who had been chief executive since January 1994.The company said that Mr. Vento had "stepped down to pursue personal entrepreneurial interests."
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Staff Writer | December 24, 1993
A Brooklandville-based company said yesterday that it has been granted a "pioneer's" license to operate a "personal communications system" in the Baltimore-Washington area, giving it a head start in the scramble to offer a new generation of wireless telephone services.The Federal Communications Commission's action gives the company, American Personal Communications Inc., approval to begin construction of a $100 million network of radio transmission sites in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, said Scott Schelle, vice president of APC. About 75 of the sites will be around Baltimore.
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By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF | July 18, 2001
APC NetworkAIR Corp. will close its Frederick plant and eliminate 140 jobs because of softening demand for its products, a company spokeswoman said yesterday. The company, based in West Kingston, R.I., will terminate the workers by mid-September and close the plant in December, said spokeswoman Debbie Grey. The affected workers manufacture precision cooling equipment that companies install in their computer or data centers to control temperature and humidity. Another 30 employees at the plant - who work mostly in engineering, sales and administrative services - will be transferred to an office the company will open in Frederick.
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By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF | January 8, 1998
Bethesda-based American Personal Communications LP has dissolved after giving up its minority share of Sprint Spectrum, the pioneering digital wireless network that it helped to establish.Sprint PCS, the majority owner of Sprint Spectrum, said Tuesday that it has taken complete control of the network by acquiring APC's share.Before the acquisition, which closed on Jan. 1, Sprint PCS had already owned 58.5 percent of Sprint Spectrum, with APC controlling the rest. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
BUSINESS
April 3, 1997
The local affiliate of Sprint Spectrum said it has reached a deal that will let its customers use their wireless phones outside the Baltimore-Washington area for the first time, but initially only when they travel to the New York area.American Personal Communications of Bethesda, which controls the local Sprint Spectrum affiliate, quickly carved out up to a 30 percent share of the Baltimore-Washington wireless phone market after introducing all-digital personal communications service phones in 1995.
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By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF | July 30, 1996
A beleaguered Towson neighborhood has lived with interference from two giant radio towers for more than a decade. Now its residents are being asked to accept a 150-foot communications pole.Bethesda-based American Personal Communications, builder of the nation's first all-digital wireless telephone network, wants to erect the 15-story pole off Providence Road near the Beltway to accommodate users in the area. It is seeking a special zoning exception for the site next to Belvedere Baptist Church in the middle of the residential area.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | March 29, 1996
American Personal Communications Inc., a promising rookie in the wireless telephone game, will soon be getting marketing help from a veteran's veteran -- Cal Ripken Jr.The Orioles shortstop has filmed and recorded a series of commercials for APC's Sprint Spectrum service, Mr. Ripken's representative on endorsements confirmed yesterday.Ira Rainess, general counsel of the Tufton Group, said he expects the ad campaign to begin in conjunction with the start of the baseball season. The Orioles open their season Monday at Camden Yards.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | March 27, 1996
American Personal Communications Inc., builder of the nation's first all-digital wireless telephone network, says it has signed up 60,000 subscribers for its Sprint Spectrum service -- almost 10 months ahead of its original projections.The Bethesda-based company's announcement at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association convention in Dallas this week was its first release of sales data for the pioneering "personal communications services" network since APC launched the service in the Baltimore-Washington area in November.
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By Leslie Cauley | June 8, 1991
You've read about them, now here's your chance to try one out firsthand: Baltimore-based American Personal Communications is looking for 100 Baltimoreans to try out a new, pocket-sized cordless phone as part of a public trial aimed at building the telephone system of the future."
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By Leslie Cauley and Leslie Cauley,Staff Writer | May 8, 1992
The good news is that the pocket-sized phones work as promised, delivering crystal-clear communications from places where regular cellular phones wouldn't dare tread. The bad news is that they fall short in their reach and technology.That was the word yesterday from American Personal Communications, a Baltimore-based cellular company, which released its first marketing study showing results of its twin trials of a new phone technology.APC has set up experimental phone networks in downtown Baltimore and Washington that allow customers to use pocket-sized phones to place calls from virtually anywhere.
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By a Sun Staff Writer | April 4, 1995
American Personal Communications, the Bethesda-based company that is building a wireless telephone network in the Baltimore-Washington area, has replaced its chief executive officer with the son of its founder.APC announced yesterday that Scott Schelle, the 33-year-old son of cellular phone industry pioneer Wayne Schelle, would succeed Gerald T. Vento, who had been chief executive since January 1994.The company said that Mr. Vento had "stepped down to pursue personal entrepreneurial interests."
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | March 10, 1995
...TC American Personal Communications, a Bethesda-based company that plans to launch a new generation of wireless telephone services later this year, said yesterday that it will locate its main switching hub in Hanover, bringing up to 50 jobs to northern Anne Arundel County.APC, one of three companies the Federal Communications Commission has designated as "pioneers" in personal communications services (PCS) technology, has signed a 10- year lease on a 15,000-square-foot office in the Park Circle industrial park near Dorsey Road and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
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