WiFi Takes Off at Vermont’s Visitor CentersVisitors and Vermonters who travel the interstate system are connected better than ever before to work, friends and family as they travel through Vermont. A stop at many of Vermont’s visitor centers now allows travelers to access the Internet via a fast and reliable broadband connection.On November 14, 2007, Governor Douglas inaugurated free WiFi service at state visitor centers announcing that “Travelers using our major roadways can now use wireless Internet service free of charge. This advancement of my E-State Initiative will make this resource more valuable for business people, tourists and all those who use our highways.”Since May 2007 the State has seen a 1298% increase in WiFi usage by travelers.The initial setup of WiFi services at Vermonts visitor centers has been funded through ConnectVermont, a program managed by the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development that aims to make traveling in Vermont safer and more convenient. Senator Patrick Leahy has secured $15 million in federal funding to allow the State to expand traveler services, enhance broadband Internet access and attract more visitors to Vermont through various ConnectVermont activities.More information about these projects is available online at www.connectvermont.com(link is external).Times have changed at Vermont’s visitor centers. While we used to see travelers stop to use our facilities now it is common to see them linger longer while sitting in a Vermont Folk Rocker and access e-mail or connect to work as they pass through the state said Ed von Turkovich, Director of the States Information Center Division. “Our usage is up dramatically and it is now common to see our visitors, who while commuting stop in to use the visitor centers as a temporary office,” said von Turkovich.Installing WiFi access at all state-operated information centers was a component of the Governors E-State Initiative to provide high speed Internet capability and mobile phone coverage to Vermonters in every community. “Providing High Speed Internet access to our visitors is one important piece of the puzzle” said Mary Evslin, Board Chair of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority. “Connecting Vermonters is critically important to the Governor’s initiative and to the State’s interest in ensuring that we have a comprehensive architecture of connectivity in place by the end of 2010.””For visitors to Vermont it sends the right message” said Al Levy of Summit Technologies the firm responsible for building the WiFi system on the interstate. “The world is moving at an ever-accelerating pace to connect itself via an ever-expanding world wide web. It only makes good sense that in Vermont visitors to our state know Vermont is following the same path,” said Levy.The State plans to continue expanding WiFi coverage at its visitor centers over the next 18 months. The State also plans to provide marketing opportunities to businesses looking for exposure on the State’s WiFi web portals located at visitor centers where WiFi has been installed. Businesses interested in exploring how they can benefit from this opportunity should contact Al Levy at Summit Technologies at 802-846-3030 x222 or firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)# # #
Jose Mourinho’s men left the Stadium of Light with a 0-0 draw – the first time they have failed to score this season – on Saturday evening as the Black Cats turned in a stubborn defensive display and might even have snatched victory in a late flurry of activity. City will follow in their footsteps on Wednesday night when they head for Wearside desperate to end a run of four successive 1-0 league defeats on Wearside, although Brown is looking for more of the same. Sunderland defender Wes Brown has warned Manchester City not to take anything for granted as they attempt to succeed where Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea failed. “It helped us. We went in at half-time 0-0 and in the second half, anything can happen. There were a few tired legs, and they had some good chances as well – not perfect chances, but they had a couple of half-chances and then at the end, we probably could have nicked it as well. “At the beginning of the game, you would have said it would have been a great point earned, but we battled all the way through and then we had a couple of half-chances at the end. “We are happy with the result. We maybe could have nicked it, but it was a good Chelsea team and we put everything in and managed to stop them scoring and get the draw.” That draw means Sunderland are now unbeaten in four games since their season took an alarming dip with an 8-0 defeat at Southampton and Arsenal’s 2-0 victory on Wearside, although Brown insists engineering the transformation has not been complicated. He said: “If anything, it’s just back to basics, doing everything right, not necessarily making it difficult for ourselves, playing simple football, but in a quick way and defending how we know we can defend, where we make it very difficult for teams to score.” Press Association Asked if Sunderland could extend their remarkable run, the former Manchester United defender said: “After this result, there’s always a possibility. “Every game, we go into the game looking to win it and if we show the same commitment again, I’m sure we’ll have chances. “If you ask any player which teams they want to play, they’d say the top four or five. I suppose you would be up for it a little bit more and wanting to do really well. “Everyone is watching and why not play well against the best teams?” Chelsea arrived in the north east six points clear at the top of the league after a 19-game unbeaten start to the campaign and determined not to allow their hosts a third win on the trot over them inside 12 months. They enjoyed the greater share of the possession, but were rarely able to break through a red and white wall, and although Willian struck a post with a 17th-minute shot, Black Cats defender Santiago Vergini was later denied by the crossbar. Mourinho, who saw striker Diego Costa pick up just a single yellow card – his fifth of the season, which means he will miss Wednesday game against Tottenham – after clashes with central defenders John O’Shea and Brown, was complimentary about Sunderland’s defensive resilience and insisted he had nothing for which to reproach his players. Brown said: “We made it very difficult. I thought Catts [midfielder Lee Cattermole] was tremendous, like most of the lads, and that gave us a good balance and we showed them they were not going to have it all their own way.
Vision Venture Partners – a private equity firm put together by Amit Raizada, Rick Fox (the owner of Echo Fox), and Stratton Sclavos – has announced the hiring of Mike Mossholder in the role of Chief Business Officer.Mike Mossholder, Vision Venture PartnersMossholder is the former Executive Vice President of Global Marketing Partnerships at the UFC and will use his experience in sports marketing and sales in an attempt to boost revenue and brand recognition for Vision Venture Partners through strategic partnerships. During his tenure at the UFC, Mossholder helped to facilitate the ten biggest deals in the company’s history and helped to grow its revenue. Raizada, Partner of VVP discussed Mossholder’s appointment: “With more than 20 years of experience in the sports and business world, Mike has an impressive history of expanding global franchises with innovative brand marketing. We are ecstatic to bring him onboard at VVP and look forward to utilizing his wealth of knowledge as we look to forge new opportunities for business expansion across VVP’s ever-growing portfolio – including Echo Fox, Twin Galaxies, Vision Entertainment, and more.”Mossholder discussed his new role in a statement: “After working with some of the biggest brand partners in my previous role with the UFC, I recognized that the next great opportunity to make an impact in a nascent sport is the burgeoning esports industry. I’m eager to continue building upon the infrastructure already established at VVP with the ultimate goal to drive unprecedented growth for the company.”Vision Venture Partners counts Vision Esports, Twin Galaxies, Echo Fox, HD Films, and Vision Entertainment as members of its portfolio.Esports Insider says: Bringing an executive over from sports into esports is nearly always beneficial for the industry, especially when they’ve proven their worth tenfold to a rapidly-growing sport such as MMA.