Vermont Telecom Authority seeks public comment on broadband and fiber

first_imgThe Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) is seeking public input on issues affecting high-speed internet coverage in Vermont, and how the VTA can best support broadband expansion using state funds appropriated in its FY2012 capital appropriation.  In addition to comments related to broadband generally, comments specifically on expansion of fiber optic facilities are also being solicited. The state has a goal of statewide cellular and broadband availability by the end of 2013, and the state authority that is charged with making investments of state dollars to help achieve this goal is the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA). The Legislature recently passed the 2012-2013 Capital Bill which provided the VTA with $10 million to advance both cellular and broadband infrastructure. The Vermont legislature authorized the VTA to build infrastructure which supports the expansion of broadband, such as towers for use by wireless broadband providers or fiber optic cable capable of directly connecting subscriber locations (’last-mile’ facilities)  as well as connecting local broadband and cellular network facilities to regional hubs (’middle mile’ facilities).  This Request for Public Comment requests input into the process of selecting infrastructure investments, especially selecting fiber optic projects to be built by the VTA.  Comments must be received by October 6, 2011 and can be submitted online at www.telecomvt.org/broadbandcomments2011(link is external). The VTA invites the general public, industry representatives, local government, regional planning and economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, businesses and business organizations, and anyone else interested in the expansion of broadband services and fiber optic infrastructure in Vermont to comment on the topics and questions contained herein. While broadband service is provided by both public and private entities in Vermont, the VTA, through this comment process seeks to identify the optimal framework and locations for the development of infrastructure that supports and grows Vermont’s economy over the long term.  VTA 9.9.2011last_img read more

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US Donates 50 Ventilators to Paraguay to Respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgBy U.S. Embassy in Paraguay   July 22, 2020 Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. government made an initial delivery of 50 new, state-of-the-art ventilators to Paraguay to help the country combat COVID-19.The donation is part of a gift from U.S. President Donald Trump of 250 ventilators to support Paraguay in the urgent fight against the pandemic and as a symbol of the solid and enduring friendship between the peoples of the United States and Paraguay.The donation of 50 ventilators to Paraguay was carried out July 14 during an official ceremony. Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez, U.S. Ambassador Lee McClenny, and Paraguayan Minister of Public Health Julio Mazzoleni took part in the ceremony.The high-demand, state-of-the-art ventilators are compact and portable, and will give Paraguay greater flexibility in the treatment of coronavirus patients.Along with the ventilators, USAID is funding a personalized package for additional support, including support teams, service plans, and technical assistance. This donation is on top of the $1.3 million that USAID has allocated to support Paraguay in its pandemic response, which helps to strengthen hospital care, disseminate risk awareness, improve lab capabilities and health surveillance, and support disease prevention, among other measures.The U.S. government is a long-standing partner to Paraguay, investing more than $456 million in the last 20 years, including more than $42 million in health care.last_img read more

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Embrace the future of work

first_imgThe credit union workplace is undergoing a dramatic transformation with the COVID-19 pandemic. This is undeniably a crisis, but it’s also an opportunity to hit the reset button on workplaces and policies that haven’t kept up and embrace the future of work to come out of this stronger than before. It’s an opportunity to become a workplace leader, attracting, engaging, and retaining the best talent.  Before the pandemic, way back in 2019, remote work was one of the most popular perks that job seekers would ask for. A survey by the tech recruiting firm Dice even put it as THE most important perk, tied with healthcare. Many firms resisted this change, worried about whether or not they could trust employees or monitor performance. Fast forward to today and pretty much every organization has a remote workforce, with a few starting to dip their toes into a partial reopening. Now that we’re several months deep into a remote working experiment, were the fears about remote work justified? Not at all. A survey by PWC this summer showed that 71% of workers were as productive or more productive during the lockdown than they were in the office. The same survey given to their employers put productivity even higher! And 89% of employers projected that many or most of their employees would work from home at least one day a week after the end of the pandemic. The results of this working from home experience are overwhelmingly positive so far. They also show that the office isn’t dead, but rather it needs to change to reflect both a greater trust in employees and the changing nature of work. Traditionally, office staff have performed routine, repetitive tasks, and this is what the workplace was optimized for. But with the technological revolution and our advancement into the information age, work has shifted towards more complex, project-based work involving collaboration across teams. Workplaces haven’t kept up with this evolution, and the productivity boost of working from home is just one indicator of this. In our recent workplace research and whitepaper “Credit Union Workplaces and the Future of Work,” with data from more than 1,200 credit union employees, we’ve uncovered gaps between employees’ expectations for how they want to be supported in the workplace and how their workplaces really support them. The disruption of this remote working experiment is an opportunity to take stock of your workforce, understand the work they do and how they do it, and plan for both how and where they do work in the future. How many days a week will they be in the office? How many will need dedicated workstations? What type of collaborative or focused spaces will they need? How can we empower them to work however best gets the job done? Most of the problems we’ve identified in our workplace research trace their source back to a disconnect between what employees expect out of their workplace and the reality of how it supports them. The key is in understanding where these gaps between expectations and reality lie, and then developing strategies to close them. The conversation around what the post COVID-19 workplace looks like is quickly growing in the credit union industry, and to help guide this conversation we’re hosting a webinar to cover the results of our research and host a conversation among credit union leaders about how they plan to embrace the future of work. You can register here for our webinar and we’ll send you a copy of the whitepaper. And most of all, we hope you and your employees stay safe and healthy during this ongoing crisis. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Speidell Jay Speidell is the Marketing Manager at Momentum, a strategic design-build partner that takes a people centric approach to helping credit unions across the nation thrive. Web: www.momentumbuilds.com Detailslast_img read more

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Hope For The Warriors check presentation during Saturday’s Super Nationals program

first_imgIMCA matches the amount given by Casey’s. The official convenience store of IMCA, Casey’s has supported Hope For The Warriors with previ­ous fundraisers that include donations made at Super Nationals every year since 2013 that now total $30,000. Representatives of Hope For The Warriors will attend the Saturday, Sept. 7 race program at Boone Speedway, during the 37th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Officials from both Casey’s and IMCA will present a check to Hope For The Warri­ors in front of the flagstand during a break in the Saturday race program.  BOONE, Iowa – For the seventh straight year, Casey’s General Store and IMCA will give back to men and women of the armed services who have given so much.center_img Ankeny-based Casey’s General Stores, the presenting sponsor for Super Nationals, donates $10 for each heat race won by a Modified, Late Model, Stock Car, Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod or Sport Compact driver displaying a Casey’s decal between Sept. 2 and Sept. 6.  Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a nationwide, non-profit organization that assists post-9/11 service members who have sustained physical and psychologi­cal wounds in the line of duty, their families and families of the fallen.last_img read more

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