Free Video Conference Calls to Iraqi Troops on July 1st

Genesee Joins Tandberg and Freedom Calls Foundation

In honor of July 4th and the sacrifices made by the men and women of the U.S. military, Genesee Community College, TANDBERG, and the Freedom Calls Foundation are proud to offer their video conferencing networks to military families nationwide. Free video conferencing calls will be available to military families at 31 U.S. locations, including Genesee Community College's Batavia Campus, enabling them to connect with family and friends stationed in Iraq. The events will take place on Tuesday, July 1, 2008, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT.

Through private, 30-minute video conferencing calls, family and friends of military personnel currently deployed in Iraq, will have the opportunity to communicate face-to-face with troops located at one of five military installations in Iraq with Freedom Calls centers: Al Asad Airbase, Camp Taji, Camp Fallujah, Camp Victory (Baghdad) and Camp Taqaddum.

"The free video calls are just a small way for us to show how appreciative we are of the sacrifices our men and women in the military are making. What better way to honor them then during the week of Independence Day celebrations," Rick Ensman, director of Genesee's External Affairs department said.

To reserve a call time, interested military families should submit a request immediately at: or contact Lisa Watts at The deadline for requests for this video conference call opportunity is 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2008. Reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

"We are extremely honored to get the chance to come together with Genesee Community College and TANDBERG, to connect troops and their families on Independence Day," said John Harlow, Executive Director Freedom Calls Foundation. "The contribution of resources by community organizations like Genesee gives the Foundation the ability to provide our service men and women in the war zone with some semblance of home."

Video conferencing calls will take place at the Genesee Community College's Main Campus in Batavia, but the reservation for each call must first be secured by contacting Lisa Watts either through the following website: or through email: The three other New York State video conference call centers are Buffalo Office Systems, Inc. in Buffalo; Tandberg in New York City; and One Stop Richmond Hill Community in Queens.

About Genesee Community College

Genesee Community College (GCC) serves the four-county region of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming Counties with seven campus locations in western New York State. The main campus is in Batavia and the six campus centers are in Albion, Arcade, Dansville, Lakeville, Medina and Warsaw. Since its founding in 1966 as part of the State University of New York (SUNY), Genesee has consistently prioritized providing access to academic opportunities, and is now among the most respected community colleges in the United States earning acclaim for innovative programs and powerful technological tools available in- and outside the classroom. Genesee is proud to put its communication and technology prowess to work in support of regional military families through this live, video calls initiative with Tandberg and the Freedom Calls Foundation.


TANDBERG is a leading global provider of telepresence, high-definition videoconferencing, and mobile video products and services - with dual headquarters in New York and Norway. TANDBERG designs, develops, and markets systems and software for video, voice, and data. The company provides sales, support, and value-added services in more than 90 countries worldwide. TANDBERG is publicly traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker TAA.OL. Please visit for more information.

About Freedom Calls Foundation

The Freedom Calls Foundation ( is a public charity which has built a satellite network dedicated to providing state of the art video conferencing, telephone, and Internet services to enable troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep in touch with their families free of charge because there is no Internet infrastructure in Iraq. The Foundation provides services to more than 50,000 soldiers and marines - free of charge - 24 hours per day, and the Army has requested that the foundation install eight additional facilities in Iraq and two in Afghanistan in the coming months, including more than 2,000 enterprise class video conferences from homes, medical centers and churches every month. The Foundation is authorized by the Secretary of the Army to provide communications services to the troops and their families and is supported solely by donations of corporations and the American people through the foundation's ! website. The Foundation urgently needs funding to continue to bring families together.