Consolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications has met ‘ and surpassed ‘ another key broadband milestone in Vermont.FairPoint pledged to make broadband available to 80 percent of its customers by the end of 2010 and as of Oct. 31, the company has bested that commitment, said Michael K. Smith, FairPoint state president for Vermont.‘We’re at 80.5 percent and we still have two months to go in 2010,’ Smith said. ‘I don’t know of any other provider in Vermont who has done more to expand broadband for Vermonters than FairPoint. We’ve increased high-speed Internet from 66 percent in 2008 to now more than 80 percent.’In 2010, FairPoint has turned up more homes and businesses in Highgate, Thetford, Peru, Williston, Stockbridge, Westford and Marlboro, with additional communities scheduled to come online before year’s end, Smith said.FairPoint will be continuing to add broadband as it meets its commitment to provide total broadband coverage to half of its exchanges in 2011, with 95 percent completed by June 30 and the remaining 5 percent to be built on demand within 90 days.‘We’re building it as fast as we can and we won’t stop until we’ve reached all of our statewide commitments, which are aggressive, unprecedented and self-financed,’ said Smith.About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. Learn more at www.FairPoint.com(link is external). ### Source: SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (November 4, 2010) ‘ FairPoint Communications
Like any property purchase, attention to detail is essential. Before you sign a contract, seek independent legal and financial advice. A solicitor or conveyancer will support you throughout the process and carry out the settlement on your behalf. Having your finance ready makes it easier when you find the right block. Make sure your approval is still current when it is time to settle. MORE NEWS: Reno offers fresh look There are several advantages that arise from buying off the plan.BUYING a block of land off the plan’ to build your dream home in a new community can be an exciting and life-changing experience.Purchasing off the plan simply means you’re buying a block that is either still under construction or where work has not yet commenced.Although it will be some time until you can move in your new home, there are several advantages that arise from buying off the plan. How long will I have to wait for the block to be completed? Get pre-approval for finance It may not be possible to get all the way to your block if it’s in a construction zone. However, ask a sales professional to take you as close as possible, and to show you similar blocks and completed homes in other stages. Get a feel for the block Ensure your contact details are kept up to date How do I know what sort of design I can place on the block? What expert advice should I seek when buying the block? Can I see the block? “The lead time involved in buying off the plan also allows more time to work on the finer details of your home design and get everything organised with your chosen builder.”Mr Laner said there were five questions customers commonly asked when buying land off the plan: The draft plan of the subdivision will give you an indication of the size, shape and orientation of your home site. Buying off the plan means the variety of blocks is greater as you have first choice when a new stage of land is released. Do I have to pay the full amount for the block upfront? More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoYou will only need to pay a deposit (which is a small proportion of the purchase price) on signing a contract, with the balance of the cost not payable until settlement. Typically, this can take anywhere from three months to 18 months, depending on which Stockland community you are purchasing in and which land stage within that community. Buying off the plan means you are buying a block at today’s prices regardless of when it is completed.David Laner, acting Queensland general manager for residential communities at Stockland, said off-the-plan buyers had the opportunity to save a little extra money before their block settled.“This could be especially helpful for first home buyers as only a deposit is required until the block has been completed,” Mr Laner said.“Another advantage is that you are buying a block at today’s prices regardless of when it is completed. MORE NEWS: Making the most of Coastal living TOP TIPS WHEN BUYING OFF THE PLAN: When you know the unique features of your block, ask to walk a completed block of a similar size so that you can get a feel for what you are buying. Settlement will generally take place 14 days after you are notified that the block has been officially registered. Keep informed about the progress of construction, remembering that wet weather can sometimes cause delays.