Four entering Wireless Hall of Fame this fall

The Wireless History Foundation  this fall will induct four new members into its Wireless Hall of Fame.

The inductees will be honored by the Wireless History Foundation, which formed in 2008, at a dinner in San Diego on Oct. 10.

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2011 inductees are:

* Nick Kauser, former CTO of four major wireless carriers including Rogers Cantel, McCaw Cellular Communications, AT&T Wireless Services and Clearwire, which he also co-founded. Kauser built the first nationwide network across both Canada and the United States, and laid the basis for nationwide automatic roaming. *Robert Marino, former president and first employee of United TeleSpectrum (now Sprint), also former president of cellular companies including Compania de Radiocomunicaciones Moviles (Buenos Aires), Houston Cellular Telephone Company (now part of AT&T Mobility), and the Northeast Region of Nextel Communications (now Sprint). Marino moved from the carrier side to industry services as group president of Convergys Information Management Group.

* Clayton Niles, radio telecommunications pioneer and former chairman of Communications Industries (acquired by Pacific Telesis Group). He played a critical role in securing interconnection for the radio common carrier (RCC) industry and in convincing the FCC to open cellular applications to RCCs, as well as telephone companies. *Arnold Pohs (posthumously; he died in April), former chairman and CEO of CommNet Cellular (acquired by AirTouch), former chairman of the CTIA. Pohs was a strong advocate for rural wireless.

Existing Hall members include MCI founder William McGowan, wireless pioneer Craig McCaw, Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs and Martin Cooper, father of the cellphone.

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