BLUFFTON — After several years of antiquing, Judy Bronson has outgrown her previous spot and is now in a new building with a new business name.
Bronson owns Bluffton Antiques & Collectibles, a mile south of the village on Main Street. Bronson had run Deer Creek Shoppes for five years in downtown Bluffton.
The new shop is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. The floor space has grown from 3,000 to 10,000 square feet, and Bronson always welcomes new dealers, through booth rental and consignment.
The new shop is at the corner of County Line Road and state Route 313. Locals would know it as the former Diller Medical Building and/or Millagers Pharmacy. For information, call 419-358-7467, or find the business on Facebook.
Company demonstrates 100G services
WAPAKONETA — Independents Fiber Network has successfully demonstrated 100G services over Ohio’s GigE Plus Fiber Optic Network, the company announced recently.
With exploding bandwidth demand resulting from cloud-based applications and storage, as well as streaming video, 100G services are expected to become commonplace for wholesale, data center interconnect and large business applications. The connection is 20,000 times faster than conventional broadband.
Independents Fiber Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of Com Net Incorporated, is a wholesale provider of operations support solutions to video, Internet and VoIP service providers.
According to CNI’s Chief Technology Officer Randy Plaisier, “This is an important milestone for service providers in Northwest Ohio. It validates the feasibility of 100G services, both from a cost and functionality standpoint. As we continue to experience an explosion in bandwidth demand for cloud services, streaming media and mobile devices, 100G services will become increasingly vital.”
Consumers may qualify for assistance
LIMA — CenturyLink Inc. is spreading the word about low-income assistance programs that help qualifying consumers obtain reduced-price voice and high-speed Internet services.
CenturyLink participates in a government benefit program called Lifeline to make residential telephone service more affordable to eligible low-income individuals and families. Qualifying consumers are those who meet eligibility standards defined by the Federal Communications Commission and state public service and utilities commissions.
The Lifeline discount is available for only one telephone line per household, which can be either a wired or wireless telephone. For the purpose of the Lifeline program, a household is defined as any individual or group of individuals who live together at the same address and share income and expenses. To find out more about the Lifeline program, visit www.lifeline.gov. Individuals living in a CenturyLink service area should call 1-800-366-8201 or visit www.centurylink.com/lifeline to inquire about Lifeline eligibility.
In addition to reduced-price phone service, CenturyLink offers discounted high-speed Internet service starting at $9.95 per month, plus applicable taxes and fees, to eligible consumers in markets where Internet service is available.