January 28 ....N.H. approves $13 million service contract with FairPoint....
Under the contract, FairPoint will provide all Internet and telecommunications services for the state through 2020
CONCORD, N.H. — FairPoint Communications has agreed to hold public meetings around New Hampshire to discuss its service levels as part of a $13 million contract to provide Internet and telecommunications services for the state.
The Executive Council approved the contract Wednesday after putting it off last month due to service concerns. About 1,700 FairPoint workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have been on strike since October over stalled contract negotiations, and the state has received increased complaints about services during the strike.
Democratic Councilor Colin Van Ostern asked FairPoint’s state president, Pat McHugh, to hold at least one public hearing in all five executive council districts to address service concerns with customers.
Monday, May 18, 2015 ....Bangor Daily News...FairPoint unions accept contract concessions to end lengthy strike.
PORTLAND, Maine — About 1,700 FairPoint employees in northern New England will return to work Wednesday after members of two unions approved ...
PORTLAND — When upgrades to Maine’s emergency call system are completed next summer, people will be able to seek help using text messages, not just voice calls.
FairPoint Communications has begun the process of upgrading the network and equipment at the state’s 26 public safety dispatch centers for Maine’s next-generation 911 system.
When the job is complete next summer, Maine will be among the first states to have a next-generation emergency response network in place statewide, said Maria Jacques, director of the Maine Emergency Services Communications Bureau. In the future, people will be able to send photos, video and enhanced data over the network.
“The problem with the current-day system is it’s only designed to handle voice calls, and we all know there are many different forms of communication out there that everybody is using on a daily basis that don’t involve voice,” Jacques said. “This system is designed to handle data and voice. You can use your imagination on what that might involve in the future. We probably can’t even contemplate all the ways people will want to contact 911 in the future.”
The next-generation 911 initiative has been in the works for a decade with the aim of updating 911 infrastructure nationwide to improve public emergency communications services in a wireless mobile society. FairPoint Communications has a $32 million five-year contract to install and maintain the system in Maine.
Besides having the technology to handle video and data, the new system will be faster and more reliable than the network now in use, said Karen Romano, a vice president at FairPoint.
“Today’s technology comes from 1968,” she said.
The texting feature will bring immediate benefits to many residents.
“For people who are unable to hear or speak, or it’s not safe to speak, this’ll be a great thing,” Jacques said. “But if you’re able to speak, the most efficient way to call is by voice.”
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I agree totally. It looks fluffy and manipulative. I prefer silence till after earnings. Jmho. Market appears to know results of qtr and it does not look good. Good luck to all. Just for once tosse. Shut up and show us.