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Ask Us Anything

Thanks for sharing your questions in the first Ting and Burlington open Q&A. We got some really great questions from the community. Check the archived AMA.

Illustrated Burlington cityscape

UPDATE: The Ting Letter of Intent (LOI, otherwise known as our bid) has been updated. Our commitment to Burlington as a whole is laid out more clearly and we’ve upped the ante by $2.5 million. See the updated letter of intent.

We’re Ting. It’s now public that we, via our parent company Tucows, are one of the companies bidding to become the steward of the BT fiber network. We’re happy things are out in the open. We don’t really go in for the whole cloak and dagger routine.

The reasons the network was put out to tender have been discussed at length. We’re not going to retread any of that ground except to acknowledge that the circumstances under which we’re being introduced to each other are less than ideal. We understand that many Burlingtonians would like to keep BT entirely locally owned. We understand that ambition. We appreciate the chance to put Ting and our community approach forward as the best of both worlds.

We aren’t looking at BT as an asset to be scooped up Monopoly-style. We look at Burlington, VT as the kind of forward-thinking community we love to be a part of.

We think that our community involvement, our customer-first approach and our commitment to the open Internet and net neutrality make Ting the right choice to work with BT to maintain the fiber network and continue to grow its footprint.

Choosing the best website domain name for your small business

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Hover is one of Ting’s sister companies under Tucows Inc. They offer domain names, custom email and simple integrations with other online services such as Squarespace, Format, and Big Cartel.

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Tips on finding the best website domain name

If you’re a small business owner you may choose to build your business online. This has a lot of benefits, from reaching customers at a distance and in different time zones to building credibility within a certain online community. Whatever the reason, once you decide to build your brand online there’s a major factor to consider – your domain name.

Our sister company, Hover has a few tips that you should keep in mind when searching for the perfect domain name for your small business.

Five ways to make cash with a side hustle

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That side hustle cash

Practically everyone has a project that they like to work on during their off hours. Maybe you’ve been thinking about putting your talents to work so you can make some extra cash instead of doing it for free. These five ideas will get you started with your side hustle.

Five productivity lifehacks to read about while procrastinating

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Lifehacks to increase productivity

Focus!

It can be hard to buckle down and focus, whether it’s on studying or some other task. You’re not alone in that. It’s hard for everybody. The people that have really figured out how to focus on the task at hand and avoid distraction are the ones that have taken a mindful approach to self-discipline. They segment their time into chunks of productivity. They don’t quickly flip over to Facebook or email for a quick microbreak. The breaks they take are to do something like take a walk or maybe run an errand. Nothing as stimulating as social media or video games.

A little ironic aside: I just did a quick web search for “deep work.” I read a couple of articles, learned about the “Neo 2” distraction-free word processor in the comments, decided to check it out on Amazon. Checked Ebay to see if I could get a better price. Started doing calculations of purchase price + shipping cost before finally deciding to sit on it for a while rather than make an impulse purchase. Then I remembered how I got there, felt guilty and flipped back to this text document.

Eliminating distractions is hard. Sometimes we can unplug and go for a walk or take a notebook to the library to do some “deep work” but often, we have to make do with the environment we’re in and the tools we have at hand.

That’s where productivity and time management lifehacks come in.

Save on your textbooks this year with digital eBooks and old-school options

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Save with digital textbooks, eBooks and old-school paper

It’s no secret that textbooks can be a huge financial burden on students. Being smart about how you purchase or rent books can bring the cost down in a big way. We’re going to talk about some ways to save on textbooks by going digital or being savvy when buying real books.

Keep in mind, the digital textbook market is far from all-encompassing and is certainly more attuned to the needs of students studying Dickens and Shakespeare than those hunting down the 9th edition of some obscure quantum physics textbook. We’re going to scale out some of the players in the digital textbook market and see how Amazon, Google and Apple stack up.

If you love paper or have little success finding digital copies of your books, don’t worry. We’ve included some old-school, tried and true tips as well as a few affordable online retail aggregators of second-hand books and textbooks for rent.

Five podcasts for students

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Even the best classes can leave gaps in your knowledge. Luckily, you don’t have to read all day to keep up with your peers. You can learn a lot about science, history, grammar and other topics by listening to podcasts. Start with these five titles to get useful information that will help you in school and life.