Finnigan USA was formed in 1988 by Paul Finnigan to provide consulting services in voice technologies to major companies worldwide specializing in strategic planning, business development and application design.
Paul Finnigan, Dow Brian and Paula Paige formed Voicemail International in 1979 to provide the recording and delivery of Voicemail messages and information by telephone. By 1987, there were 35 public Voicemail Centers operated by Public Telephone companies in 14 countries were providing the trademarked Voicemail® service. In addition, nearly an equal number of private centers were operating by Airlines, News Agencies, TV and Movie producers, Nationwide Florists and Paging companies worldwide.
In 1983, Finnigan was a co-founder of the International Voicemail Association, serving as its President until 2000. The VMA membership eventually included service providers and equipment vendors worldwide. FUSA organized and managed semi-annual conferences for the VMA with over 200 members sharing ideas and experiences with a wide variety of applications during this early period of voice innovation. The VMA is credited with the creation of international standards governing the design of voice services, critical to the worldwide proliferation of voicemail services.
Finnigan USA engagements from 1988 to 2000 included major telecommunications companies, leading voicemail equipment vendors, newspaper publishers, patent enforcement litigators and computer manufacturers. FUSA's final engagement was four years serving Microsoft Corporation in coordinating third party application development. In 1999, FUSA was a founding member of the board for NetNumber Corporation, providing patented core technology relating to a global directory service eventually adopted by wireless operators worldwide!