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Major Utility Services Provider Taps TextPower for Its Text Messaging Enterprise Needs


June 8, 2011 - San Juan Capistrano, CA

TextPower, a provider of software and text messaging (SMS) gateway services, today announced a technology partnership with Milsoft, an Abilene, TX provider of software solutions for the utility industry, to provide electrical power customers with rapid information services regarding their utility via text messaging services. TextPower and Milsoft will outline the new program at the 2011 Milsoft User's Conference next week in Westminster, Colorado.

Often power customers are not informed about planned or sudden power outages and can spend a significant amount of time on hold waiting for details about when power restoration is expected. The partnership between TextPower and Milsoft provides a significant upgrade to customer service by allowing Milsoft's utility customers to receive and send immediate text messages about such things as outages, load shedding alerts, delinquencies, appointment scheduling, pending payments and other services offered through Milsoft in its IVR hosted call center using TextPower's SMS service 24 hours a day.

"Milsoft selected TextPower as our texting gateway service provider based on three major criteria; a proven track record of success, an excellent interface toolbox, and professionalism in customer support," said Ed Carlson, Milsoft's Executive Vice President. "Our 'Milsoft Connections' call center is a hosted subscription service designed to offer utilities the advantage of virtually unlimited capacity in phone lines and broadband, without having to bear the cost of the infrastructure. Whether our customers have mission critical outage reporting or customer service related communication, the capacity to handle virtually unlimited inbound and outbound high volume communication traffic is invaluable to our customers.

"We are very excited about our relationship with TextPower and their texting gateway services that allow us to provide immediate alerts for our customers," Carlson continued.

"TextPower is delighted to partner with Milsoft, a company with an exceptional track record as a technology solution provider to the utility industry," said Mark Nielsen, TextPower's Executive Chairman. "By integrating our text messaging platform with Milsoft, numerous utility companies will be able to reach their customers immediately, wherever they may be, for greatly improved customer service."

TextPower has already shown the value of text messaging for utilities to control peak usage as experienced by one of its clients in the Midwest reducing peak load by large system irrigators almost 64 percent during the summer months. This program resulted in significant cost savings to both the utility and its customers, who adjusted their daily irrigation schedules and power usage based on each morning's alert messages.

TextPower integrates with an organization's back-office system to create event-triggered alerts that let senior management decide the criteria so that when something happens or reaches a predetermined threshold, alerts are automatically sent to a mobile or group of cell phones, advising them of the occurrence. To benefit from TextPower's SmartAlert™ suite of software capabilities, simply add Text Power's SOAP interface (API) into internal IT systems.

For more information about TextPower's services for utilities or other industries call 818.222.8600 or email Info@TextPower.com. The TextPower web site has a special section for the utilities services described here at www.TextPower.com/Utilities.

About TextPower, Inc.
TextPower, Inc. is a Southern California-based company providing business solutions to a variety of industries worldwide using text messaging (SMS). The company provides software and text messaging gateway services that allow companies to use texting to enhance their revenues, decrease costs and improve customer loyalty. A variety of businesses and agencies use its simple web-based applications and sophisticated development interfaces (both API and SOAP) to send real-time updates, emergency alerts and two-way communications to customers, students and employees.

TextPower's infrastructure employs mission-critical redundancy and avalanche-level throughput for the industry's highest reliability, and connectivity to virtually every cell phone user in the United States with connections to most recognized wireless operators around the world. Visit www.TextPower.com, email Info@TextPower.com or call 818.222.8600 for more information.

About Milsoft Utility Solutions, Inc.
Milsoft has supplied software solutions to the utility industry for more than 20 years. Specializing in transmission & distribution modeling and analysis, outage management, interactive voice response, geospatial information systems, and field engineering solutions, Milsoft clients include more than 1100 utilities, educational institutions and consultants in both the United States and abroad. For additional information please visit Milsoft's website at www.milsoft.com.

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