Category Archives: Communications

Verizon rolls out 4G high-speed service in Vt.

MONTPELIER — Verizon Wireless is introducing a new, higher-speed communications network in about 30 Vermont communities.
The company says its 4G Long Term Evolution network will have speeds up to 10 times as fast as those available on the 3G networks that are now the norm with many carriers.
It says the service will be available beginning May 17.
Cities and towns to be served initially include Barnet, Barre, Brookfield, Burlington, Cambridge, Colchester, Coventry, Essex, Fairfax, Ferrisburg, Georgia, Jeffersonville, Jericho, Lyndon, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Middlesex, Milton, Montpelier, Morrisville, Newport, Randolph, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, Shelburne, South Burlington, Stowe, Thetford, Underhill, Vergennes and Williston.

Shumlin to talk about Vermont’s digital future

 BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont’s digital future will be the topic of a day-long conference at Champlain College in Burlington. State, local and regional leaders on Tuesday will discuss how to use broadband resources to foster economic opportunity, basic digital literacy and innovative education in Vermont.

Nicco Mele, who served as a webmaster on Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign, will be the keynote speaker.

Gov. Peter Shumlin is expected to provide opening remarks.

The event is hosted by e-Vermont Community Broadband Partnership and is open to the public. A registration fee is required.

Some cell customers to be able to text 911

MONTPELIER — Vermont cellphone customers of the Verizon Wireless network will be able to text 911 emergency calls for help as part of a test over the next six months.
Known as “text-to-911,” the service is being tested elsewhere in the country, but has not been widely used yet, said David Tucker, executive director of Vermont’s Enhanced 911 Board, which oversees the state’s emergency telephone system.
Tucker said people should not text 911 if they are able to make a voice call.
Sending emergency 911 messages via text is intended to help people who are hard-of-hearing or someone who may be in danger and doesn’t want to be heard making a 911 telephone call, such as the target of domestic violence.
People texting 911 must provide location information and should not use texting slang. The emergency texts count against plan limits or customers are charged 20 cents for each message.
The emergency text messages will be answered by operators working in the same building as the state police in Williston, and operators there will dispatch the proper emergency service agency.
The E911 Board, Verizon, and Intrado, a Colorado-based emergency communications technology provider, are working together on the test at no cost to Vermont.
Tucker said people texting 911 should also keep in mind:

  • Texts are limited to 160 characters.
  •  It could take longer to communicate because the 911 operator also will be communicating by text and sending a return message.
  •  The person must connect with a Vermont cell tower; if the text reaches an out-of-state tower, the sender will receive a message saying it did not go through.

Some cell customers to be able to text 911

MONTPELIER — For the next six months some Vermont cellular telephone users will be able to text 911 emergency calls for help.
Vermont’s Enhanced 911 Board says that Verizon Wireless customers will be able to send a text message to 911 that will be answered at a public service answering point in Williston.
The people who receive the messages will coordinate the emergency response with the appropriate agency.
David Tucker of the Enhanced 911 Board says the trial is intended to examine use of text-to-911 for emergency situations in which someone is hearing impaired or if the caller might be placed in danger if they are overheard making a voice call.
People texting 911 need to remember they must provide location information and they should not use texting slang.

Stamford gets new net access

STAMFORD – Almost 400 homes and businesses now have access to high-speed Internet service, according to FairPoint Communications.
In a press release, FairPoint officials said this will be the first time Stamford will have access to high-speed Internet. It is available to all customers with phone numbers that start with 694.
“VantagePoint,” a fiber-based, high-capacity network is being used by FairPoint to bring fast access to the Internet in Vermont towns where it hasn’t been available and enhanced services in other parts of the state. It provides residential speed options up to 15Mbps.
Broadband service on the VantagePoint network means Stamford residents will be able to stream video, play games online and upload large files, like pictures or video, easily.
The announcement of the Stamford expansion to more than 380 customers comes just a few weeks after FairPoint brought new service to almost 200 customers in Shaftsbury.
In Vermont, FairPoint has invested nearly $80 million and added 1,100 miles of new fiber, providing high-speed Internet access to nearly 90 percent of its Vermont customers.