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Posted on January 29, 2014 by GWI

Can your business go green by going virtual? According to a Huffington Post article by Jared Seeger, if more companies pushed telecommuting whenever possible, Americans would use 625 million fewer barrels of oil annually, reduce greenhouse emissions by 107 million tons of carbon dioxide and save $43 billion on gas. The combination of reduced costs and increased brand image through social responsibility is becoming more and more appealing to many businesses, and its likely that …
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Posted on January 22, 2014 by Trevor Jones

Dream Local Digital is a Rockland-Based digital marketing firm expanding nationwide. The company helps its customers market themselves on line with services like search engine optimization, social media marketing, content marketing, web design and more. The Situation Last year, Dream Local Digital Founder and Client Success Officer Shannon Kinney found she needed expanded office space to accommodate her growing business. As part of the move, Shannon and the Dream Local team decided it was time …
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Posted on January 9, 2014 by Trevor Jones

There’s no doubt about it, this has been a tougher than usual winter so far. We’ve experienced subzero temperatures, considerable snowfall, and an ice storm which wrecked considerable havoc and caused extended power outages throughout much of the state over the Holidays. At GWI we weren’t immune to issues during the ice storm. Although the vast majority of our statewide network remained online, our Rockland team had to work considerable overtime throughout the Holidays shuttling …
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Posted on December 29, 2013 by GWI

The iPhone is the smartphone leader in the U.S. and is predicted to have a 68% market share when smartphone penetration peaks out in the US in 2017.  This is no doubt due to the phone’s broad appeal in form and function, but those visually appealing effects and ultra-convenient apps come at a price: battery life. While the newly released iOS7 offers several advanced features, one of the drawbacks is diminished battery life and the …
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Posted on December 13, 2013 by Trevor Jones

Christmas is coming, and with it there will be new laptop and desktop computers in the hands of users everywhere.  If you’ve lived for years with a beat-up old computer, it can be very hard to resist the temptation to immediately install your favorite game and start playing, visit your favorite social site, or start watching videos. The cold hard truth, though, is that your PC does not come out of the box optimized for …
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Posted on November 20, 2013 by GWI

Does your company allow employees to work from home? More and more, employees want the benefit of working from home. Some are more productive if they can escape interruptions in the office to actually get things done. For others, it’s about flexibility, work/life balance and the happiness they get from escaping the cubicle, even on a part-time basis. In Maine, many employees simply don’t want to be asked to commute during a winter storm, when …
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Posted on November 15, 2013 by Trevor Jones

For most businesses, a key component of any small business disaster recovery plan is ensuring that your phones continue to be answered in the event a snowstorm, fire, flood or other disaster prevents your business from operating in its usual place and manner. Often, this involves working out complex routing arrangements to redirect calls from your business phone system to alternate numbers such as employees’ homes and cell phones. These alternate routing schemes can require …
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Posted on October 30, 2013 by GWI

Winter is almost here. Does your business have a small business disaster recovery plan in place? If you define “disaster” as an 8.5 magnitude earthquake, remember that disasters come in unexpected forms and sizes. It’s the business disruption caused by a disaster that typically matters to your customers and clients. In New England, winter storms can be surprisingly severe, causing disruptions such as power outages, connectivity disruptions and unsafe traveling conditions for your employees, who …
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Posted on October 24, 2013 by Trevor Jones

Have you written a small business disaster recovery plan for your organization? If you answered no, don’t be too hard on yourself. According to a survey by Symantec, fully 57% of small businesses don’t have a plan committed to paper as to how they will respond when their business is crippled by the unexpected. Hopefully, though, you’ll agree that small business disaster planning is important for you, your employees, and your customers as stakeholders in …
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Posted on October 10, 2013 by GWI

Does your company have a succession plan for your technology talent? Many companies begin planning for the future when a senior executive is approaching retirement. Succession planning isn’t just about grooming your next CEO. It’s an important component of disaster planning, and given the integral role technology plays in keeping day-to-day businesses operations running smoothly, losing a key employee from your IT department could be nothing short of disastrous. Your business operations and data need …
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Posted on September 25, 2013 by GWI

by Alexandra Heseltine Sometimes owning and running a small business can feel like you’re doing six-jobs-in-one: sales, administration, production, accounting, customer service and marketing. Developing strategies to better manage all these functions can improve efficiency, time management and may result in increased profits. Cloud computing offers real-time, practical solutions for running a lean, small business effectively and effectively from any location. As owner of a small design and marketing studio in Portland, ME, I’ve researched …
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Posted on September 20, 2013 by GWI

by Dave Allen iOS 7 came out on Wednesday at around 1PM.  Like many others, I have been eagerly awaiting an indication that my iPhone update is ready for download. I think I might be looking forward to automatic app updates the most. As a network operator, however, I find days like today particularly interesting. As the use of iPhones and iPads spread throughout the enterprise, IT groups in large organizations have to cope with …
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Posted on September 18, 2013 by Trevor Jones

Recently, my youngest son came home with all of the paperwork for his school laptop. It turns out that the 7th and 8th graders in his school will be getting new MacBook Air’s with cloud backup service from CrashPlan, which is exciting for next year. As a 6th grader, however, my son will have an older MacBook without the cloud storage option. We know from our experience with his older brother, who is not at …
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Posted on September 4, 2013 by GWI

ByJennifer Cuellar. The US economy is recovering slowly but growth rates are tepid at 1.7%, and with the artificial suppression of interest rates by the Federal Reserve ending, businesses need a way to save money entering into 2014. Smart companies are preparing for the long-haul by reducing overhead wherever they can, and switching to more sustainable, affordable operating practices. One solution to skyrocketing communications costs is “VoIP”, or, Voice over Internet Protocol, which uses the …
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Posted on August 29, 2013 by GWI

As of late we have seen a surge in popularity of tablet computing devices. However, others, like myself, prefer more traditional options. It’s nice to have the option of a desktop or tablet, but right in the middle is the practical laptop with options to suit every need. There are more options than ever for laptops, so it’s a good to review before a purchase. You might own a laptop as a portable equivalent of …
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Posted on August 22, 2013 by Trevor Jones

The Tablet vs Laptop choice is a tough one for those who, for whatever reason, can’t or prefer not to have both. Obviously tablets cost a little less, but there are several other reasons beyond dollars and cents to choose one over the other. One of my recent experiences illustrates some of the reasons why the choice is so difficult.   Tuesday, I attended the Inbound13 conference in Boston. For the trip, I carried with …
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Posted on August 15, 2013 by Trevor Jones

Recently, GWI established a connection to the Netflix Open Connect network, allowing us to provide our customers who enjoy online video streaming with access to Netflix Super HD in Maine. Customers using GWI Broadband and GWI Premium Broadband and connecting at speed of more than 5 megabits per second will qualify automatically for the service. To find out automatically if your connection qualifies for Super HD, visit: https://signup.netflix.com/superhd. If you qualify, your screen should look …
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Posted on July 31, 2013 by GWI

Do you allow employees to use their personal mobile devices at the office? It’s difficult (read: next to impossible) to prevent employees from accessing their mobile devices during the workday. Since mobile devices have quickly evolved into cutting edge business tools, a growing number of businesses are embracing the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement, more technically known as “Mobile Enterprise Management.” While the BYOD trend may seem like another layer of complexity for IT …
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Posted on July 11, 2013 by GWI

One of the most vexing issues for internet service providers (ISPs) today is providing broadband to rural areas; this is primarily because the per-household costs of providing such connections are much greater in rural areas than in urban or suburban areas. However, broadband  also provides an important pipeline to rural communities, which help bridge inherent geographical divides. Rural broadband access can do much to grow local business; according to the USDA a small Alaska town numbering about …
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Posted on June 26, 2013 by GWI

One of our more interesting fixed wireless broadband applications is for a customer reachable only by a twenty-five mile boat ride from our Rockland office. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the “Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge” on a small rocky island near Matinicus Island, Maine and uses our services in some interesting ways. In the WWII era, the island was a bombing range and now contains unexploded ordnance. Thus, it’s off limits to …
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