On 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 www.GAW.com(link 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 (http://gaw.com/community(link 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 (www.gaw.com(link 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 www.gaw.com(link is external), call 1.877.220.2873 or email firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail).
It will be a particularly meaning prize for players considering how close COVID-19 has cut in the NBA community. Two “NBA 2K” competitors, in fact, tested positive for the coronavirus before making full recoveries (Donovan Mitchell and Kevin Durant).NBA 2K Players Tournament entry listBelow is the list of participants and their seeds in the tournament, which are determined by in-game player rating and real-life NBA tenure.SeedPlayerRating1.Kevin Durant962.Trae Young903.Hassan Whiteside874.Donovan Mitchell875.Devin Booker866.Andre Drummond857.Zach LaVine858.Montrezl Harrell859.Domantas Sabonis8510.Deandre Ayton8511.DeMarcus Cousins8112.Michael Porter Jr.8113.Rui Hachimura7914.Patrick Beverley7815.Harrison Barnes7816.Derrick Jones Jr.78What virtual teams will the players be using?Before the tournament starts, each player selects their own eight-team pool from which they’re allowed to use. Teams can’t be re-used by a player; for example, Kevin Durant could only play as the Nets once before moving on to his other seven choices. MORE: TV info, schedule for the Players TournamentThe NBA perhaps saw the recent emergence of eNASCAR during the pandemic as inspiration to jump headfirst into a TV event of its own. Over the past three weeks, NASCAR has had its drivers battling on the simulator “iRacing” in a series broadcast on Fox and FS1. Early viewership returns paint it as a smashing success.NBA players are also accustomed to spending time on the sticks, often streaming video games on their own time.There’s incentive for this competition, too. Here’s the reward breakdown for claiming the first-ever Players Tournament:”NBA 2K” Players Tournament prize moneyThe NBA player that wins the tournament will claim $100,000 to donate to a coronavirus-related charity of his choice. While players will not pocket income of their own for winning, they do claim bragging rights and potentially hardware to display at home. If there is a trophy, however, it better be sanitized multiple times before being shipped out.Which charities will receive donations?This will be dependent on the winner of the competition, as each player has his own organization picked out. Desperate for a way to reach fans during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the NBA is trying something new: A players-only video game tournament between star players broadcast on ESPN.The competition, which begins Friday, is a nothing-to-lose endevor for the league with the real-life NBA season on hold. Sixteen competitors, including Kevin Durant and Trae Young, will square off on “NBA 2K20” in a four-round bracket.