GAW Acquires Power Shift’s Wireless Network

first_imgOn February 1st, GAW (Brattleboro, VT) acquired Power Shift of Stowe, VT, the second largest broadband Internet provider (based on coverage area) supporting northwestern, VT with service from Stowe to Morrisville and greater Lamoille County. From its humble beginnings as a small computer services company in Montreal, Canada, Power Shift’s President, Joe Allen, moved the business to Stowe, VT in 1995. Rapid demand for Internet services in the area required Power Shift to become an ISP (Internet Service Provider) enabling them to serve thousands of previously under-served area residents. Power Shift’s long standing reputation and commitment to quality service is well known.GAW’s acquisition of the Power Shift wireless network means existing customers and Lamoille County residents will be well supported by Vermont’s largest Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP).Power Shift customers can expect enhancements to service offerings in the coming months, including more service plan options, and eventually a cost-effective high-speed voice and data plan.  As the largest wireless broadband provider in Vermont, GAW is committed to rural broadband development.  “We recognize that when we can bring broadband Internet to regions of Vermont discovering this for the first time, or when we can combine voice and data offerings for lower cost to Vermonters, we connect communities and significantly expand people’s horizons, stated Josh Garza, CEO of GAW.  “Maintaining the Vermont environment we cherish, while bringing services that allow us all to connect and compete with the world is fundamental to GAW’s mission.”GAW will leverage its extensive technical resources and experience serving many other rural communities in Vermont.  Some of the coming enhancements to the network include:More cost-competitive service offerings for customersImproved broadband speedsVoice and Internet bundled services, offering better value alternatives to separate voice and Internet plansEnhancements to the back-haul infrastructure that feeds the wireless towersBetter support for customers through access to a state-of-art customer service centerLocal call center in Vermont–offering Vermonters the peace of mind that they are speaking with VermontersSteve Ames, a long time Power Shift customer stated, “I am excited about the potential for faster download and upload speeds from my house in the woods.  I am also thrilled that another Vermont company is continuing the great work Power Shift began with its wireless services.”  In addition, to current subscribers, State Senator, Vincent Illuzzi pointed out what is at stake for Vermont, when it comes to ensuring broadband access for Vermonters.”Broadband access, including high speed Internet access, is as necessary today as electricity at the turn of the last century.  You cannot have economic development without it,” stated State Senator, Vincent Illuzzi.Current Power Shift customers may go to is external) for complete details of new and enhanced service offerings. For new customers seeking information or to sign-up for service, visit the site or call 877-220-2873 and speak with a GAW Customer Service Representative. Anyone who is not able to receive service currently in their area may add themselves to the list of people who wish to receive service by submitting a request through the community application ( is external)). This information will be used for evaluation of any future expanded coverage. About Great Auk WirelessGreat Auk Wireless (GAW) was formed in 2005 by Josh Garza and partners. Great Auk Wireless ( is external)) currently operates a successful wireless Internet service to subscribers in Vermont and New Hampshire. Great Auk Wireless offers subscribers broadband wireless Internet access on a network that defies rough terrain and topography in areas not currently served by standard cable or telephony-based broadband services. With more than $5 million committed in network infrastructure and deployment, Great Auk Wireless is committed to the future of rural High-Speed Internet access in areas under served or not served at all by traditional cable or DSL services. For more information about Great Auk Wireless or to find out how to get deployment of Great Auk Wireless services, visit is external), call 1.877.220.2873 or email sends e-mail).last_img read more

Rain, Slow Batting Condemn West Indies to India Series Defeat

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, CMC – Luckless West Indies conceded their three-match series to India on Sunday after thunderstorms stalled an already stuttering run chase, leaving them with a 22-run defeat under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.In pursuit of 168 for victory at the Central Broward County Stadium, lightning and rain sent players from the field at 1:40 pm with the Caribbean side on 98 for four in the 16th over, still requiring 70 runs to win from 27 balls.However, the rain never relented and when the contest was called off 45 minutes later, West Indies were well short of the par score of 122.The defeat followed their four-wicket loss in Saturday’s opener and they will now head into the final T20 International on Tuesday in Guyana trying to avoid yet another whitewash to the Indians.Hoping to level the series, West Indies were set back early when they lost both openers with eight runs on the board after three overs.Left-hander Evin Lewis was brilliantly caught and bowled by seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar without scoring – his second “duck” in as many days – while Sunil Narine, promoted to open in place of John Campbell, missed a heave and was bowled by off-spinner Washington Sundar for four.All-rounder Rovman Powell then stepped up to stroke a top score of 54 – his second T20 International half-century and second in four outings – as he repaired the damage in a 76-run, third-wicket partnership with left-hander Nicholas Pooran (19).Powell faced 34 balls and lashed half-dozen fours and three sixes while Pooran uncharacteristically struggled, requiring a whopping 34 balls for his knock and hitting just one four.With the required run rate having climbed to beyond 12 runs per over, Pooran caved into the pressure and holed out in the deep off left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya (2-23) – Manish Pandey on the ropes pulling off the now-familiar toss-up catch.And three balls later in the same over with just a run added, Powell, who had notched his half-century off 30 balls in the 13th over, was trapped lbw by one that pitched and straightened.By then, the required run rate had climbed to over 13 runs per over leaving the West Indies with a mammoth task and Kieron Pollard (8 not out) and Shimron Hetmyer (6 not out) were only just getting settled when the weather ended the contest prematurely.Opener Rohit Sharma had earlier stroked 67 off 51 deliveries as India, opting to bat first, got up to 167 for five off their 20 oversCaptain Virat Kohli chipped in with 28 and opener Shikhar Dhawan, 23, two innings that helped India to a competitive score on a pitch were free-scoring was difficult.Rohit struck six fours and three sixes, posting 67 for the first wicket with Dhawan who counted three fours in a 16-ball knock before missing a swing at seamer Keemo Paul and having his stumps rattled in the eighth over.Rohit found an ally in Kohli to add a further 48 for the second over as India reached 77 without further loss at the half-way stage, and then passed triple figures at the start of the 13th over when Rohit cleared the ropes with captain and seamer Carlos Brathwaite.Fast bowler Oshane Thomas (2-27) broke the stand when he had Rohit caught by Hetmyer running back at cover in the next over and Rishabh Pant lasted just five balls for his four before also falling to Thomas in the 16th over, taken by Pollard on the third man boundary.India’s momentum was further stalled when Kohli lost his middle stump to left-arm quick Sheldon Cottrell (2-25) but Pandya, who finished on 20 not out, then belted two of three sixes in the last over from Paul which cost 20 runs, to give the visitors strong finish.last_img read more