Support American Wireless Technology
for Postwar Iraq
Our Buy American Mention of the Week!
by Roger Simmermaker
March 28, 2003
One member of the congress is focusing on a postwar Iraq in a
way that will be beneficial to American-owned companies. Rep. Darrell
Issa (R-CA) has sent letters to the rest of congress, the Pentagon, and
the U.S. Agency for International Development urging them to use a
wireless cell phone technology (CDMA) that was developed by
American-owned Qualcomm, Inc. of San Diego. Qualcomm is not in Rep.
The congressman warned against using the GSM wireless
technology, which was originally developed by the French, for an Iraqi
cellular phone system.
If GSM is used as the Iraqi standard, the "U.S. government
will soon hand over U.S. taxpayer dollars to French, German and other
European cellphone companies to build the new Iraqi cellphone system.
This is not acceptable," wrote Mr. Issa.
Most of the Middle East and Europe as well as over half the
world use the European-based GSM technology. Let's start turning the
tide the other way now! This is the perfect opportunity to start a trend
in favor of American companies in a postwar Iraq. And why not? After
all, the tax dollars from American workers and American companies are
largely being used to fund this war. Contact your representative in
congress and tell them to support Rep. Darrell Issa's vision of postwar
cellular technology for Iraq in favor of U.S. companies.