Consolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications has announced the arrival of super-fast Internet service in Tunbridge, Chelsea and parts of Thetford.FairPoint’s VantagePoint network, a fiber core, IP-based network, is now available to more than 1,000 additional homes and businesses in Chelsea, Tunbridge and part of Thetford.With speed options as fast as 15Mbps, downloading entire movies will take seconds. Broadband service on the VantagePoint network provides customers with the ability to smoothly stream live video, play online games at lightning speeds and upload photos and large files with ease. Always-on broadband access provides almost instant connections to information, news and entertainment.‘VantagePoint is enabling us to expand broadband service into areas with no high-speed Internet access and provide enhanced services across the state,’ said Michael K. Smith, FairPoint state president for Vermont.Since April 2008, FairPoint has invested more than $116 million in the communications infrastructure and technology to bring broadband to northern New England, including building over 700 miles of new fiber across the region.FairPoint has made broadband available to more than 80 percent of its customer lines in Vermont.The new high-speed connection areas include parts or all of the following streets:Chelsea streets: U.S. Routes 12, 3, 1 and 11; Bacon; Baraw Hill; Beacon; Bicknell Hill; Blackhawk; Bobbinshop; Brook; Brown; Bugbee; Burger; Carpenter; Church; Corinth; County; Court; Creamery; Densmore; Dodge; Goss; Hall; Highland; Hillside; Hook; Jackson; Jenkins Brook; Kennedy; Main; Maple; Meadowbrook; Moxley; North Common; O’Donnell; Old Town Farm; Pent; Pine Tree; Randolph; Redrock; Riverside; Route 110; Route 113; Scadin; Scales Hill; School; Stender; Town Farm; Upper Village; Vershire; Washington Turnpike; Weswind; Williamstown; and Windswept.Tunbridge streets: Belknap Brook; Button Hill; Chester; Drew; Fairground; Foundry; Gilley; Gould; Hoyt Hill; Kibling Hill; Main; Mill; Monarch Hill; Moody; Potash Hill; Recreation; Route 110; Spring; Stafford; Strafford; Stride; Swayze; Taylor; The Crossroad; Town Farm; Tuttle; Whitney Hill; and Wolfe.Thetford streets with 727 exchange: Academy; Amasa Bond; Appian; Burnham; Cranberry Hill; Deer Run; Godfrey; Hauger; Old Stone; and Old Strong.Source: FairPoint. 11.10.2010FairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. Learn more at www.FairPoint.com(link is external).
The Bush administration released the food protection plan along with an overarching import safety plan on Nov 6. Officials proposed to revamp the nation’s food safety policies after a spate of food safety incidents, ranging from tainted domestic produce to chemical contamination of imported pet food ingredients. The call for comments was published today in the Federal Register, and a link to submit comments is available on the agency’s Web site. Electronic or written comments will be accepted through July 30, according to the Federal Register notice. Link to submit food safety plan comments The plan would give the FDA authority to order recalls of unsafe food products and give the agency more access to company records during emergencies. In some instances, companies have been slow or refused to voluntarily recall their food products when contamination or safety issues surfaced. Acheson said that since releasing the plan in November, federal officials have had several opportunities to attend food industry meetings and hear questions and concerns about the new food safety plan. “This has led to a lot of good discussions, and this has led to a more formal process,” he said of the invitation for comments. Longer-term goals include expanding laboratory capacity to speed the identification of contaminants and using new technology, such as radiofrequency tracking, to expedite recalls. The plan includes 14 broad recommendations and 50 action steps. Some are short-term goals, while others are targeted to long-term objectives. For example, in the short term, the FDA will provide safety and security certification for foreign producers, based on the product’s risk level. The plan also gives federal officials the authority to seize the assets of companies that violate food safety laws and increase civil penalties for those that violate the Consumer Product Safety Act. Apr 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced it is seeking public and stakeholder comments on the food safety plan that it proposed in November to address concerns about foodborne illness and problems with imported products. During a conference call today with stakeholders to announce the call for comments, David Acheson, MD, the FDA’s assistant commissioner for food safety, said, “The success of the plan is all built upon partnerships. This is an opportunity for people to let their voices be heard in a transparent way.” In August the FDA will host a 50-state meeting to get state and local officials more involved in discussing components of the food safety plan, Acheson said. See also: In information accompanying the FDA’s request for feedback, the agency highlighted several items it said it was most eager to hear about. For example, the agency is asking about the criteria it should use to define “high-risk” and about the benefits and limitations of accrediting third parties to perform food inspections. Nov 6, 2007, CIDRAP News story “US food safety plan calls for FDA recall power” Nov 7, 2007, CIDRAP News story “FDA food safety plan taps others for inspection help”