Posts by Todd Bedard

Why so little fuss about FairPoint’s sale?

http://www.concordmonitor.com/telephone-fairpoint-purchase-11129912 By DAVID BROOKS  Monitor staff Monday, July 10, 2017 Ten years ago, when FairPoint Communications said it would buy most of the state’s landline telephones from Verizon, everybody freaked out. It was the biggest story in the state for months, even years, and the air was thick with portents of doom Last week, FairPoint…

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Deep Partisan Divide on Higher Education

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/07/11/dramatic-shift-most-republicans-now-say-colleges-have-negative-impact Deep Partisan Divide on Higher Education In dramatic shift, more than half of Republicans now say colleges have a negative impact on the U.S., with wealthier, older and more educated Republicans being least positive. By Paul Fain July 11, 2017 Republicans have soured on higher education, with more than half now saying that colleges…

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Consolidated, FairPoint close billion-dollar merger deal

The Associated Press  PORTLAND, MAINE Illinois-based Consolidated Communications and North Carolina-based FairPoint have closed on a deal that created a telecommunications company operating in 24 states, including Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Shareholders approved the merger on March 28 and financing has been in place since December. All states have provided regulatory approval, as well.…

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Budget balance: GOP addresses NH priorities

Budget balance: GOP addresses NH priorities EDITORIAL Republicans have made the most of their first time in control of the New Hampshire State House in 14 years. Despite a nasty split in the House Republican Caucus, the GOP was able to come together to pass a balanced budget, headed for Gov. Chris Sununu’s signature. The…

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NRC reports on Seabrook Station nuke plant

SEABROOK — Wednesday’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission public hearing in Hampton focused on the annual safety evaluation at NextEra Energy Seabrook nuclear power plant, concerns about the plant’s concrete problems and license amendment request, and its application to extend its license to 2050. According to NRC senior on-site inspector Paul Cataldo, based on 6,700 hours of…

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Maine regulators, FairPoint agree on $175K settlement

 AUGUSTA, MAINE Maine utility regulators and FairPoint Communications are in agreement on a $175,000 settlement after the company failed to meet performance benchmarks from 2014 to last year. The state Public Utilities Commission’s staff had recommended $500,000 in fines after FairPoint did not meet performance standards established by the panel. The settlement calls for FairPoint…

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UNUM long term disability vote

Just a reminder to attend your unit meetings this month to participate in the UNUM long term insurance vote.   (Keene) June 15 @ 5:15 American Legion (Concord) June 19 @ 5:30 Tandy’s (Laconia) June 20 @ 5:30 American Legion (Dover) June 21 @ 5pm Newicks Lobster house (Manchester) June 22 @ 5:30 Sweeney post…

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WMCC names interim president

By JOHN KOZIOL Union Leader Correspondent BERLIN — Not long after being named one of the New Hampshire Union Leader’s 40 Under Forty, Charles R. Lloyd has another entry to put on his impressive resume: interim president of White Mountains Community College. Lloyd, who has a doctorate in higher education administration from Northeastern University, succeeds…

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