Dartmouth Labor Union Elects Chief

Hanover — Dartmouth College’s labor union, Service Employees International Union Local 560, replaced its late president with his right-hand man in an election on Thursday. Local 560 Vice President Christopher Peck won a four-way race to succeed Earl Sweet, who died in January after three decades of service. Peck outpaced his closest challenger, Scott Hunt, by an 80-vote margin, with two other candidates, Seth Nelson and Joanne Norton,...

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After Years and Millions, VTel’s Wireless Promises Unfulfilled
Mar06

After Years and Millions, VTel’s Wireless Promises Unfulfilled

Springfield, Vt. — When it comes to VTel’s her alded plan to bring mobile phone service to Vermont, the company isn’t talking. The Springfield, Vt., telecommunications company in 2012 and 2013 won separate funding grants from both the federal government and the state to launch wireless mobile phone service to areas of Vermont that do not receive cellular phone service. The federal money was to make mobile phone service available along...

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GM Expands Car Sharing Service Via Maven

Detroit — The final destination is a mystery, but General Motors is taking another step on its fast-moving journey into new ways of getting around. The company on Thursday announced that it’s formed a brand called Maven that will run its car-sharing ventures, including a new one that will begin competing with ZipCar next month in Ann Arbor, Mich., and spread to other metro areas later this year. GM executives said they expect their...

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Streaming TV Costs a Lot Less Than Cable, but Choosing a Service Has Proven Frustrating
Jan17

Streaming TV Costs a Lot Less Than Cable, but Choosing a Service Has Proven Frustrating

Like millions of other consumers, Evan Hartstein was fed up with pay TV. The 40-year-old father of two was paying nearly $250 a month for a bundle of phone, high-speed Internet and hundreds of cable channels that he and his family barely watched. So Hartstein and his wife recently ditched their standard cable TV subscription and instead signed up for Sling TV, Netflix and a few other streaming services. Their monthly bill was cut in...

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Internet Service Tax Ban About to Be Permanent

Washington — Should state and local governments be able to collect taxes on your Internet service? For years, Congress has repeatedly banned the practice, but only for short spurts at a time. Now, a bill that’s soon set to become law will make that ban permanent — meaning Internet providers, and by extension, consumers, won’t have to fear that their subscription to fixed broadband will be subject to state and local taxes. Buried in a...

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