Month: January 2021

Vermont has fourth slowest Internet service in nation: PCMag.com

first_imgTime is Money: PCMag.com Names the Fastest ISPs in AmericaVermont ranked fourth slowestNew York, NY (December 2, 2008)-In a world where time equals money, slow Internet connections have real-life business and quality-of-life implications. Fiber optic connections have proven themselves the fastest way online, but they’re still rare-and expensive. Which Internet service providers (ISPs) offer the fastest broadband? And in which state? After conducting over 200,000 individual tests as part of its third annual study, PCMag.com found that Verizon’s FiOS fiber-optic connections are indeed the fastest overall service, and Cablevision’s Optimum Online proved itself the fastest cable ISP in the United States. Likewise, Nevada, Virginia, and Pennsylvania are home to the fastest surf speeds-the full state ranking is below. PCMag.com’s “Best ISPs in America” list hits PCMag.com on December 2.To uncover the nation’s best ISPs, PCMag utilized the custom-designed SurfSpeed application (a utility that grabs pages from several popular Web sites to measure actual Internet surfing speed) and pored through data from over 17,000 profiles (that is, unique IP addresses).Cable vs. DSL: DSL and cable lines were for a time synonymous in people’s minds, but cable has clearly taken off in terms of sheer speed. Cable connections are 47 percent faster than DSLs. Cablevision’s Optimum Online tops the list, with an average nationwide SurfSpeed of 839 Kbps. And 61 percent of users declared themselves satisfied with the service. Even the slowest cable service provider (Earthlink, averaging 565 Kbps) was faster than some DSL providers, from CenturyTel at 520 Kbps down to Alltell’s measly 357. FrontierNet is the fastest DSL provider in the nation, averaging SufSpeeds of 724 Kbps. And, perhaps most importantly, just 27 percent of DSL users reported themselves satisfied.State by State: Analyzing regions offers insight and challenges, but the region with the fastest Internet service-the West-is just 14 Kbps faster than the slowest, the South at 551 Kbps. The difference between states, on the other hand, is shocking, with No. 1 Nevada offering residents Internet more than twice as fast as bottom-ranked New Mexico.The PCMag Fastest ISPs in America 2008 – State Ranking:RankingStateSurfSpeed (Kbps)1Nevada7812Virginia7653Pennsylvania7474New Jersey7275Connecticut7166New York7147Nebraska7078Oklahoma6959Massachusetts69510Maryland69111Illinois68112Georgia67913California66614Oregon66515Delaware64616Washington62517New Hampshire61518Minnesota60919Texas60520Ohio60021North Dakota59322Colorado56423Florida56224South Dakota56025Alabama55626Kentucky54727Michigan54428Missouri53929North Carolina53430Kansas52831Indiana52432Utah51733Rhode Island51634Arizona50535Tennessee47436Louisiana47037Idaho46138South Carolina45739Montana45540Maine42741West Virginia41742Mississippi41343Alaska40244Arkansas40245Wisconsin40246Iowa39847Vermont39148Wyoming37949Hawaii37850New Mexico322National avg557About the PCMag Digital NetworkThe PCMag Digital Network (www.PCMag.com(link is external)) is one of the world’s best-known publishers of leading technology-based digital content products. Its flagship property, PCMag.com, delivers comprehensive labs-based product reviews and the world-renowned PCMag Editors’ Choice Awards, the most trusted buying recommendations for technology products and services across the globe.Reaching more than seven million highly engaged technology buyers and influencers, PCMag Digital Network provides contextual marketing solutions that drive results. Brands within the Network also include ExtremeTech, Gearlog, Appscout, Smart Device Central, GoodCleanTech, DL.TV, Cranky Geeks, and PCMagCast. The Network’s content is delivered worldwide to readers across a multiple platform of Web sites, e-newsletters, Webcasts, broadband video, software downloads and RSS feeds to users in more than 20 countries.# # #last_img read more

Leadership Changes Announced at Downs Rachlin Martin

first_imgDowns Rachlin Martin PLLC,Business law attorney Paul H Ode, Jr of Burlington has been elected managing partner and chief executive officer of the law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. Ode took over on January 1 for John H. Marshall, who has held the post since the firm first adopted a managing partner governance model in 2002.Ode was elected by the firm s directors in December. He had previously served  as deputy managing partner and is a former chair of the firm s Business Law Group. He joined the firm in 1982 after completing a clerkship with U.S. District Court Chief Judge Albert W. Coffrin.Ode received the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2003 Community Excellence Award. He has served on the boards of directors of several community organizations including United Way of Chittenden County. He chaired the 2002 United Way campaign.Employment and Labor attorney Peter B. Robb, who practices from DRM s Brattleboro Office, will serve as deputy managing partner and chief operating officer. Robb is nationally known for his representation of management in employment and labor law, and has been the chair of the Employment and Labor Practice Group at the firm for many years. When he joined DRM in 1995, he had accumulated significant credentials in the labor and employment field as an attorney with Proskauer Rose in Washington, D.C. He began his career as a field attorney in Baltimore and later as chief counsel to Robert P. Hunter at the National Labor Relations Board and as a supervisory attorney and trial trainer for the Federal Labor Relations Authority.Eric D. Jones, who practices in both the Burlington and Lebanon, N.H. offices, will be the new chair of the Employment and Labor Practice Group. Jones represents regional and national employers in a broad range of matters, including the defense of employment disputes before state and federal courts and enforcement agencies. He regularly defends employers in lawsuits and administrative proceedings involving claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage & hour and leave law violations. Jones handles labor relations disputes, such as unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and labor arbitrations. He also counsels employers in establishing employment practices and policies and handling day-to-day human resources issues.Burlington attorney Thomas D. Kohler, an intellectual property litigator and patent prosecutor, was elected to membership in the firm as a director after first joining DRM in the fall. Most recently, Kohler was a partner in the San Francisco office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius. He brings to DRM not only years of experience in patent prosecution and IP law generally, but also expertise in litigation of significant patent disputes–an area that DRM has targeted for growth.DRM, with more than 85 attorneys and legal professionals in seven offices in Vermont and New Hampshire, provides legal services to local, national and international clients in practice areas that include litigation, business law, labor and employment, captive insurance, environmental law, trust and estates, family law, tax law, public utilities, real estate, health care, intellectual property, creditors rights, venture capital and insurance defense. The firm represents clients in legislative, regulatory and public affairs through the Government Affairs group. DRM is the law firm member for Vermont of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms.last_img read more

Mount Snow first resort in Vermont to open

first_imgMount Snow Resort,Mount Snow offered its earliest lift service opening in history last Saturday when the Discovery Shuttle lift loaded its first passenger at 9:30a.m. The early opening also made Mount Snow the first and only resort open in Vermont. The Launch Pad trail was filled with a dozen terrain park features and over 700 skiers and riders in attendance throughout the weekend.Lift tickets were sold for $10 or 10 non-perishable food items. All of the $5,000 and over 1,500 food items raised will be donated to the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry. This marks the second year in a row of Mount Snow donating its opening weekend revenue to charity. Last year they rose over $1,800 for the Guy Hawkins fund.Skiers and riders from as far north as Burlington and south as New Jersey made the trip for early season snow at the Fan Gun Capital of North America. The conditions did not disappoint and further proved the worth of Peak Resorts $9 million investment in snowmaking at Mount Snow over the past three seasons. On Sunday, the larger crowd of the two days was treated with some light snowfall by Mother Nature to add to the excitement of early season skiing and riding.For more information on Mount Snow please visit www.mountsnow.com(link is external).Source: Mount Snow. WEST DOVER (October 17, 2009)last_img read more

Organic farmers from North Carolina, Oregon & Vermont win top Stonyfield grants

first_imgThe Teagues of North Carolina, the Mahaffys of Oregon and the Beidlers of Vermont are the top three winners of the Stonyfield Organic Farmers Grant-a-Wish Program, which will fund a total of six innovative organic farming projects in the U.S. Consumers voted online for the winners after watching short videos about each one. All recipients are farmer-owners of Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, t he organic farmers’ cooperative which has supplied Stonyfield with organic milk for more than 15 years.‘It’s exciting that consumers are taking the time to get to know the farmers who grow their food and getting involved in ways like the Grant-a-Wish Program to help organic agriculture innovate and thrive,’ said Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield President and CE-Yo.”We are very proud of the Teagues, Mahaffys and Beidlers, and all our farmer-owners who entered their sustainability projects in the Grant-a-Wish program. We thank them for all they do each and every day to further the future of organic farming,’ said George Siemon, founding farmer and C-I-E-I-O of Organic Valley.The Teagues of Guilford County, North Carolina are the recipients of Stonyfield’s top $10,000 grant, which they will use to build a new, energy efficient feed mill to process organic grains for other organic dairy farmers in the southeast, as well as livestock growers and small farmers looking for local, organic feed. Their current mill, which is the only organic feed mill in the entire state, runs primarily by hand and is slow and inefficient. In addition to giving a big boost to organic agriculture in the region, George and Cherry Teague, who run the farm with their son Taylor, hope the new mill will help keep the next generation of Teagues on the farm. The Teagues have been Organic Valley farmer-owners since 2007.Tied for second place grants of $7,500 each are the Beidlers of Vermont and the Mahaffys of Oregon.Brent and Regina Beidler and their daughter Erin, of Randolph Center, Vermont, run one of the state’s few farms that grow organic grain in commercial quantities. They will use the grant funds to upgrade their antiquated seed cleaning equipment which will improve seed and flour quality, a benefit to the organic farmers who rely upon their grain. It will also help to provide increased food types to the local community, and help their farm to diversify and become more self-sufficient. The Beidlers have been Organic Valley farmer-owners since 2000.Peter and Kelly Mahaffy of Coos Bay, Oregon will use the grant to manage odor issues involved in using waste from the local seafood processors as their primary source of fertilizer. Their efforts will involve building a covered compost shed and adding a nutrient recycling system. As a result, they will generate nutrient dense organic compost ready to be used on their fields and shared with the community. The Mahaffys have been Organic Valley farmer-owners since 2003.Stonyfield also awarded three $2,000 grants which go to:Jon and Juli Bansen of Monmouth, Oregon, will use the grant funds to install a walk-through flytrap that vacuums flies off their cows. Fewer flies will result in reducing stress in the cows and increasing their productivity and milk quality. The Bansens have been Organic Valley farmer-owners since June 2000.Dana and Carol Shirk, who run a dairy farm with their five children in Tuscola County, Michigan, will use the funds to create an aquifer-fed farm pond that will support pasture irrigation and provide drinking water for their livestock. The Shirks have been Organic Valley farmer-owners since 2007.Jerry and Dotty Snyder and their eight children steward a 400 acre grass-based 50-cow dairy in Alfred Station, New York. Their grant will help build a pond for use by a hydro-electric generator that will provide needed power throughout the farm. The Snyders have been Organic Valley farmer owners since 2002.More than 70 organic farms applied for the Stonyfield Organic Farmer Grant-a-Wish Program. Six finalists were selected by a team of experts from Stonyfield and Organic Valley for their project’s environmental impact and ability to improve the long-term viability of organic farming. After viewing short videos describing each farmer’s project, nearly ten thousand consumers voted on-line for their first choice of grant recipient.‘The Stonyfield Organic Farmers Grant-a-Wish Program demonstrates how consumers, farmers and organic companies can partner with one another in ways that will help build and strengthen the organic community as a whole. I am proud to have been a part of this collaboration, and I salute the organic farmers who make it all possible,’ said Nancy Hirshberg, vice president of natural resources for Stonyfield Farm.For ongoing updates on the progress of each award recipient, visit Stonyfield Organic Farmers Grant-a-Wish Program on the web at www.facebook.com/stonyfieldfarm(link is external). For more information about Stonyfield Farm, visit www.stonyfield.com(link is external). For information about Organic Valley and its farmer-owners, visit www.organicvalley.coop(link is external).Stonyfield Farm: Dedicated to Healthy Food, Healthy People, Healthy Planet, Healthy BusinessStonyfield Farm, celebrating its 27th year, is the world’s leading organic yogurt company. Its certified organic yogurt, smoothies, milk, cultured soy, frozen yogurt and ice cream are distributed nationally. The company advocates that healthy food can only come from a healthy planet. Its use of organic ingredients helps keep over 180,000 farm acres free of toxic, persistent pesticides and chemical fertilizers known to contaminate soil, drinking water and food. To help reduce climate change, Stonyfield offsets all of the C02 emissions generated from its facility energy use. The company also started a nonprofit called Climate Counts (climatecounts.org) which shows people how they can help fight climate change by the way they shop and invest. Stonyfield also donates 10% of its profits to efforts that help protect and restore the Earth. For further information, visit www.stonyfield.com(link is external) or follow Stonyfield on Twitter @Stonyfield and @StonyfieldBiz, and on Facebook www.facebook.com/StonyfieldFarm(link is external).Organic Valley: Independent and Farmer-Owned Organic Valley is America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands. Organized in 1988, it represents 1,617 farmers in 33 states and three Canadian provinces, and achieved $621 million in 2010 sales. Focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming, Organic Valley produces a variety of organic foods, including organic milk, soy, cheese, butter, spreads, creams, eggs, produce and juice, which are sold in supermarkets, natural foods stores and food cooperatives nationwide. The same farmers who produce for Organic Valley also produce a full range of delicious organic meat under the Organic Prairie label. For further information, call 1-888-444-MILK or visit www.organicvalley.coop(link is external), www.organicprairie.coop(link is external) or the cooperative’s farmer website, www.farmers.coop(link is external). Organic Valley is also on Twitter @Organic_Valley and Facebook www.facebook.com/OrganicValley(link is external). Londonderry, NH ‘ March 1, 2011 ‘last_img read more

Vermont extends deadlines for FEMA assistance

first_imgGovernior Peter Shumlin today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved an extension to the deadline for individuals and municipalities to apply for federal disaster assistance.  The deadline for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance is now November 15, 2011. ‘This is great news,’ the governor said. ‘Vermonters now have additional time to apply for critical assistance from FEMA. I encourage everyone who thinks they might be eligible to contact their local FEMA office now to submit an application.’ The initial deadline was Oct. 31. With cold weather approaching, it was important for the deadline to be extended to allow more Vermonters ‘ many of whom have been distracted with storm cleanup ‘ to seek federal assistance. Individual homeowners, renters, businesses, or others who suffered losses as a result of flooding at the end of August are eligible for assistance to repair their homes or to recover other losses.  Even if damage is minor, or if you are unsure whether damage will be covered by federal grants, individuals should apply as soon as possible, the Governor said. To register for Individual Assistance disaster assistance, call 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY can call 800-462-7585 directly, or 800-621-3362, if using 711 or Video Relay Service. Registration can also be done online anytime at www.DisasterAssistance.gov(link is external) or through web-enabled mobile phone devices or smartphones at m.fema.gov. Communities that suffered damage in the floods should submit their application for Public Assistance to the Vermont Agency of Transportation.  FEMA will provide at least 74 percent reimbursement for storm response and recovery costs for municipalities.  Regional planning commissions, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and PA specialists from FEMA can help with the application process. Applications for BOTH Individual and Public Assistance MUST be completed by November 15, 2011.  Shumlin’s office. 10.18.2011last_img read more