ISPs get $4 million to extend broadband to 5,800 locations

first_imgVermont Public Service Department Announces Awards for COVID-19 Emergency Connectivity Initiative and Get Vermonters Connected Now Initiative.Vermont Business Magazine The Public Service Department today announced $3,926,650 in grant awards to Internet Service Providers to serve over 5,800 eligible locations with broadband connections in response to COVID-19.The Department awards $351,520 to Mansfield Community Fiber to extend Fiber broadband to 676 locations and offset the customer costs for ten locations; $171,770 to the NEW Alliance (a joint venture between Cloud Alliance and New England Wireless) to serve wireless broadband to 632 locations; $1,964,230 to VTel to serve wireless broadband to 3992 locations; $56,607 to Duncan Cable to extend Fiber broadband to 35 locations; $152,500 to Comcast to extend Cable broadband to 77 locations; $1,117,570 to ECFiber to extend Fiber broadband to 394 locations; and $112,453 to Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom to extend Fiber broadband to 26 locations.Of those slated to receive service from the grant-funded projects, more than 2,200 lack a connection of 4/1 Mbps and 465 were identified as having a telehealth, distance learning, or telework need.The goal of the COVID-19 Emergency Connectivity Initiative is to use Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to build high-speed broadband service to unserved and underserved locations by December 30.The Vermont Legislature, through H.966, also created the Get Vermonters Connected Now Initiative (GVCNI). The GVCNI provides financial assistance to Internet Service Providers to offset customer costs of fiber-to-the-premises installations, such as trenching, conduit installation, and service drops. The two programs target homes lacking connections capable of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload (25/3 Mbps is the Federal definition of broadband) and lend priority to locations with K-12 students and teachers, telehealth patients and providers, and teleworkers. “As Vermonters adapt to working, learning, and receiving healthcare remotely, broadband internet service has become even more of an essential part of everyday life.” said June Tierney, Commissioner of the Public Service Department. “Through the Connectivity Initiative and the Get Vermonters Connected Now Initiative, the Department and Internet Service Providers are bringing much-needed broadband service to underserved locations.” “It is our hope that these grants will bring prompt relief to those who have endured poor connectivity through this pandemic,” added Clay Purvis, Director of Telecommunications and Connectivity at the Department.The Connectivity Initiative, which began in 2015, funds the expansion of broadband facilities in underserved towns.More than $8,000,000 in funding remains for the COVID-19 Emergency Connectivity Initiative and Get Vermonters Connected Now Initiative, to be awarded in two more rounds of $4,000,000 each.The awards were made through a competitive bidding process. In making the awards, the Department sought input from the State’s Communications Union Districts- who had the opportunity to oppose projects in their territory they did not find to be in the public interest.For more information on the Connectivity Initiative, please visit the Department of Public Service at https://publicservice.vermont.gov/content/connectivity-initiative-0(link is external).Source: Montpelier, Vermont – The Public Service Department 8.20.2020last_img read more

Saito gets table tennis record win

first_imgIto notched her 100th win of the event in 2002.Saito lost to Kenichi Matsubuchi 9-11, 12-10, 11-5, 5-11, 11-7 in the next round. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Kiyoshi Saito set another Japanese table tennis record when he picked up his 101st career singles win at the national championships Thursday.The 47-year-old, who has won a record eight national singles titles, broke a tie with 100-match female winner Kazuko Ito by defeating Shusei Tanimoto 11-7, 14-12, 11-2 in the first round at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

US sprinter Coleman facing ban for missed tests

first_imgWorld 100m champion Christian Coleman revealed that he is facing a possible suspension from competition for missing a doping test.The 24-year-old American released a statement on Twitter yesterday disclosing the details of the alleged offence which occurred on December 9, 2019. He said that he has been appealing the decision for the past six months and that the circumstances surrounding the alleged violation are unjust due to poor communication on the part of the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) tester. ‘I HAVE RECEIPTS’ “Don’t tell me I ‘missed’ a test if you sneak up on my door … without my knowledge. Knocked while I was Christmas shopping five minutes away at the mall (I have receipts and bank statements) and didn’t even bother to call me or attempt to reach me,” Coleman said.It is the third time that Coleman has missed a doping test, an offence which carries a maximum two-year ban from competition if this occurs within a 12-month period. The United States Anti-Doing Agency (USADA) recently dropped charges against him last September for “failing to disclose his whereabouts”. The charge was dismissed on advice from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) allowing Coleman to compete in the World Athletics Championships last year in Doha, where he won the 100m title in a world-leading 9.76 seconds. Coleman took responsibility for a missed test on January 16, 2019, and made reference to a ‘filing failure’ on April 26, 2019, but criticised the AIU process as being malicious in nature. “I have nothing to hide but it’s not possible to show that if I am not even given a chance to. I support WADA, USADA and AIU to keep athletes and competition fair and clean,” Coleman said. “But the system must change. I thought the point of the organisation was to keep the sport clean by testing everyone and catching cheaters. Not attempt to catch people when they are not at home and make no attempt to actually test them and mess with the livelihoods of people who are clearly not doping.” [email protected]last_img read more