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Why cell phones are no longer welcome at meetings; think twice before joining a city commission

By Joanne Cleaver

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Business owners are pulling the plug on errant cell phone useduring meetings. Managers at Traq-wireless, an Austin, Texas,telecommunications consulting firm, have noted that half theircorporate clients are enforcing strict no-cell/no-PDA/no-BlackBerrypolicies. "It's typically driven from the top down, fromsomeone who's irritated and thinks it's rude and inhibitsthe meeting's productivity," says Jeff Fugitt, director ofmarketing.

That rings a bell with David Ratner, president of Newman Communications Inc., a20-employee literary publicity firm in Boston. The common-sensepolicy adopted by Newman prohibits calls during meetings,especially those with clients. Staff members expecting a pressingcall must let clients know before the meeting starts if they mighthave to step out.

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