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Recording of Zimbra Webinar Now Available

May 28th, 2015

Can’t make it to one of our Zimbra webinars, no problem.  Click here  to view recording of today’s webinar where WCVT employees Kris and Kurt give an overview on the Zimbra email platform including Address Book, File Sharing, Calendar, and our new Graymail Spam filtering.

Want to learn more about Zimbra?

  • Register for one of our free online webinars. To register, click here.
  • Visit online help center for videos on how to manage your inbox, calendar overview and more.

As always, our Tech Support team is here to help!

 

Email Conversion Update (Wednesday, May 27)

May 22nd, 2015

Green Mountain Access has converted all email accounts to our new email platform (Zimbra). We appreciate your patience as we migrate any of your remaining email over to the new system.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • The majority of your email has been migrated; however, it may take up to 24 hours for some of your more recent emails to appear in your inbox. This delay is the result of the mail harvest that is running in the background and copying your email from Google to the Zimbra servers.
  • Depending on your configuration, you may encounter some duplicate emails as a result of the transition.
  • If you receive your email using POP, you will receive duplicate copies of your recent emails after the conversion to Zimbra. This is due to limitations within the POP protocol that are out of our control. If you are receiving your email using the IMAP protocol, this will not be an issue.

Email Settings:
For those of you who use email software like Outlook, MacMail, etc., or access your email via smartphones or tablets, you may need to update your settings for our new system. If you haven’t done so already, please take the time now to review the settings on all devices that send receive your GMA email and update the Incoming and Outgoing server names as follows.  For complete instructions on making these changes, visit www.wcvt.com/zimbra.

  • Incoming Server (POP/IMPAP): mail.gmavt.net
  • Outgoing Server (SMTP): mail.gmavt.net

Have Questions?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

Green Mountain Access Tech Support
Email: support@gmavt.net
Phone: 888.321.0815
Website: www.wcvt.com/zimbra

Learn More About Zimbra And Our New SPAM Filtering:

Now is a great time to learn more about the Zimbra webmail platform and our new spam filtering.

  • Zimbra Webmail Platform – To learn more regarding the new Zimbra webmail platform, please review our documentation here.
  • GreyMail Spam Filtering – Please take the time to review our documentation regarding the new spam filtering system.

Sign Up For A Webinar To Learn More

Get familiar with your new email platform (Zimbra) by joining us for a free online webinar. We will focus on the core features of the Zimbra email platform including Address Book, File Sharing, Calendar, and our new Graymail Spam filtering. Learn tips and tricks to help you to maximize the services now available to you. For your convenience, these will be online webinars that you can watch on your computer from the comfort of your home or office. Webinars are free of charge. To RSVP, simply click on the appropriate link below to indicate which webinar you would like to attend.

Have Questions?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

Green Mountain Access Tech Support
Email: support@gmavt.net
Phone: 888.321.0815
Website: www.wcvt.com/zimbra

Learn More About Zimbra, Our New Webmail Platform – Register For A Free Webinar!

May 19th, 2015

Get familiar with your new email platform (Zimbra) by joining us for a free online webinar.  We will focus on the core features of the Zimbra email platform including Address Book, File Sharing, Calendar, and our new Graymail Spam filtering. Learn tips and tricks to help you to maximize the services now available to you.  For your convenience, these will be online webinars that you can watch on your computer from the comfort of your home or office.

Webinars are free of charge. To RSVP, simply click on the appropriate link below to indicate which webinar you would like to attend and be sure to include your contact information in the email.

Zimbra Online Webinars

 

A Tribute To Eleanor Haskin

May 3rd, 2015

Eleanor G. Haskin

eleanor(October 14, 1931 – May 3, 2015) Eleanor G. Haskin – 83, passed away in the comfort of her home on Sunday morning, May 3, 2015. Born in Burlington on October 14, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Alton and Eunice F. (Buzzell) Farr. Eleanor was a 1950 graduate of Waitsfield High School and continued her education at the University of Rochester (NY) Eastman School of Music, graduating in 1957.When her father died in 1940, her mother Eunice became the sole owner of the Waitsfield-Fayston Telephone Co. As a child she helped repair phone lines, while in high school worked in the business office sorting and billing, as well as splitting the Sunday operator shift with her mother so the other operators could have the day off. Eleanor learned the industry and business from its infancy.Eleanor G. Haskin – 83, passed away in the comfort of her home on Sunday morning, May 3, 2015. Born in Burlington on October 14, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Alton and Eunice F. (Buzzell) Farr. Eleanor was a 1950 graduate of Waitsfield High School and continued her education at the University of Rochester (NY) Eastman School of Music, graduating in 1957.

On March 23, 1952, she married Dana L. Haskin in Waitsfield. Eleanor followed her husband’s military career that took them far from the Mad River Valley. With her mother’s health declining, Eleanor and Dana realized that the business was at a critical juncture and made the decision that keeping the business in the family and coming back to the Valley was the only choice. The move ushered in a new era of progress and leadership at the phone company. Eleanor became active in state, regional and national organizations in the independent phone industry, becoming the first woman president of the Telephone Assoc. of New England (TANE) and was the first woman inducted into the TANE Hall of Fame. In addition her voice was being heard on the national level through the Organization for the Preservation and Advancement of Small Telephone Companies. In 1980 she was elected its President, the first woman to lead a national telephone industry association. Today Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom is a progressive and innovative company offering a variety of telecommunication options that is a true testimony to Eleanor’s vision and business acumen.

In recent years Eleanor was able to retire and enjoy her home in East Warren while her sons continue to run the business. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Eleanor is loved and mourned by her husband, Dana L. Haskin of Warren; their sons, Eric S. Haskin and his wife Anna of Waitsfield, Gregg L. Haskin and his wife Roberta of Berlin, and Scott C. Haskin of Hinesburg, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She also leaves her sister-in-law Ann Haskin Ways of Glendale, CA and brother-in-law Father Jay Haskin of Stowe.

She was pre-deceased by her loving daughter, Susan Haskin Simms on July 14, 2003 as well as Eleanor’s infant brother, Alton Farr, Jr.

Funeral services will be held at the Waitsfield United Church of Christ on May 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM. Private burial services will take place in the Waitsfield Village Cemetery. A reception will follow services at Waitsfield Telecom in Waitsfield. The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather memorial gifts would be appreciated to Mad River Valley Ambulance Service, PO Box 305, Waitsfield, VT 05673 or to Relay for Life of Central Vermont, c/o Tammy Field, PO Box 9, Waitsfield, VT 05673. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences please visit www.perkinsparker.com.

Congratulations to our 2015 March Mania Contest Winners!

April 7th, 2015

In the end it was Duke beating Wisconsin … at the end of our 2015 WCVT March Mania contest it was:

1st – Chris Klyza – $200 Inn at Baldwin Creek & Mary’s Restaurant​ (Bristol)
2nd – Lane Morrison- $100 Sonoma Station​ (Richmond)
3rd – Katryna Snow – $75 Horsford Gardens and Nursery (Charlotte)​
4th – Curran Robinson – $50 Vermont Cookie Love​ (Ferrisburgh)
5th – Gerry Nooney – $30 Bristol Bakery & Cafe (Bristol/Hinesburg​)

Congratulations winners and thanks to all our amazing local businesses for the great prizes! Hope everyone had fun playing our March Mania contest. Until next year folks … and we’re onto baseball. Go Sox!

Community Easter Egg Hunt a Hopping Success!

March 30th, 2015

Fun was had by all at our annual community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 28th!  Over 200 Valley residents attended the hunt on a beautiful wintery/spring day. Children of all ages enjoyed hunting for Easter Eggs, getting their picture taken with the Easter Bunny and filling their basket with goodies.   Special thanks to WCVT employees who volunteered for the event.

Egg Hunt

Learn What’s Really Driving Cable TV Rate Increases

December 29th, 2014

Every three years, cable television providers throughout the country are required by law to negotiate with local broadcasters (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC) for the rights to retransmit broadcast television signals to their cable customers. For the past several months, Waitsfield Cable has been in negotiations with these broadcasters for retransmission consent fees.  Even though these over the air signals are broadcast free to the general public, cable television providers must pay what we view as excessive per subscriber monthly fees for the right to carry these networks.

A combination of factors has led to this unfortunate situation.  Most notably, outdated and overly prescriptive federal retransmission consent and network non-duplication laws and regulations have granted the broadcasters both a monopoly in their markets and the right to demand payment for their signals. The two rules combined have given broadcasters extraordinary market power in their retransmission consent negotiations with cable operators, allowing them to make what can be viewed as “take-it-or-leave-it” deals.

In this process, it is not unusual for the broadcasters to discriminate against small cable operators. Independent providers, like Waitsfield Cable, are often charged higher per-subscriber fees than their local competitors, which include large operators and satellite TV providers with national reach. The broadcasters take advantage of our need to carry these local stations to our subscribers and their effective monopoly in the television market by demanding as much as they can.

In addition to the “take-it-or-leave–it” philosophy, the broadcasters do not allow the operators to disclose the retransmission fees that are being forced upon small companies such as Waitsfield Cable.  In Vermont, small cable operators lobbied for the passage of Act 190 which provides that broadcasters disclose fees to the Attorney General’s Office but the fees do not get reported to the Attorney General until after January 1, 2015.  At this point, unless we want to lose the programming from the broadcasters, the contracts will be signed and the excessive rate increases will be locked in.

We know you want a good value. When networks demand huge fee increases, we work to get the best offerings at the best price possible so we can keep your bill as low as possible. Waitsfield Cable strives to do our best to negotiate fair fees so we can bring you the most affordable television service possible. However, we are facing big challenges.

  • Consolidation among the major networks means they have even more negotiating power.
  • These media conglomerates are demanding double or triple fee increases, and in some cases even more. The vast majority of your monthly cable bill pays for this programming.
  • We will be faced with two options — pay the exorbitant fees or lose the network(s) on our channel lineup through a “blackout.”

As a result, Waitsfield Cable will be forced to raise the rates of our TV packages to cover the expected fee increases from the networks.  We will update you as this process continues and work diligently on your behalf to keep costs down.  For more information on cable television programming challenges, visit http://tvonmyside.com.   We urge you to reach out to your local Congressional delegation to voice your concern on this matter.

Senator Patrick Leahy
Montpelier Office
87 State Street, Room 338
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 229-0569
https://www.leahy.senate.gov/contact

 Senator Bernard Sanders
1 Church Street, Suite 300
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 862-0697
http://www.sanders.senate.gov/contact
 

Representative Peter Welch
128 Lakeside Avenue, Suite 235
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 652-2450
https://welch.house.gov/email-me

Watch Our New Video – Connecting Family, Friends & Neighbors

November 24th, 2014

It’s been ten years since we’ve produced a long form video so this year we partnered with Mt. Mansfield Media to tell the “WCVT story.”  Our goal was simple: Capture what makes us unique and get at the essence of what makes us different from the large conglomerates.  Thank you for being a part of our Vermont story.

It’s a marvel that meandering through these rural villages and farms is a fiber optic digital communications network as powerful as any in the world.  And in these small Vermont towns people seeking quality of life are connecting to the network to offer exceptional Vermont products and services both nationally and worldwide.

The story of how local businesses have found success on the back roads of Vermont goes back more than one hundred years.  Its the the story of the birth of the telephone and one tenacious Vermont family.

Children’s Halloween Party a Spooktacular Success!

October 27th, 2014

Thanks to everyone that came to our annual children’s Halloween Party in Bristol! We had a great turnout with entertainment by Face Mania. A special thanks to the Bristol Recreation Department for the use of Holley Hall and all the WCVT employees that volunteered for the event.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Halloween Party