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Wednesday, September 03, 2003


Massachusetts: "Braintree Electric 'de-worms' customers quickly as virus hits"

"Like computer users around the world, hundreds of Braintree Electric Light Department Broadband customers found their computers infected with the "Blaster" Internet-based attack program last week. But what made things different for Braintree residents was a staff of BELD Broadband employees that went the extra mile for them."


There's a lot to be said for the responsiveness of smaller local ISPs. (As compared to the big national ISP that's providing us with DSL service via the local big Bell -- we've had intermittent DSL outages and suffered many hours on hold only to be either disconnected or told that it was all the Bell's fault.)

In another Braintree Electric Light Department news item, the department is looking for a new general manager. The previous general manager was placed on administrative leave "after state Inspector General Gregory Sullivan issued a report critical of BELD ... Many gifts from Power Line Models, Inc. of Hopkinton and R. W. Beck, Inc. of Framingham were above the threshold for prohibited 'gifts of value' established by state law"

I'm not familiar with Power Line Models, but R.W. Beck has had a high profile in the municipal broadband world. I'm shocked that they would get involved in a scandal like this.


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