next on the browser :: burlington telecom

Allow me to deflate your anticipation: this program is not about the questions regarding Burlington Telecom’s financing.  While I think that’s a legitimate topic of discussion, it’s not the angle of this show.

Rather, this is more of a BTV Telecom 101.  Chris Burns gives me the tour of the facility, explains how it all flows and how it all works, and answers a few questions about connectivity in Burlington & VT.  If you’re familiar with the inner workings of a telecom, it’s probably all stuff you’ve heard before.  If you have no idea where the internet comes from or how your favorite cable shows get to your TV, it’s worth a listen.

Warning: it gets technical at points as Chris explains the operation using the necessary vocabulary and lingo of the trade.  I’m sure you can hear me cluelessly nodding at times, so even if you don’t know all the terms, just listen and you’ll get the gist.

Also, a few necessary disclaimers:

Burlington Telecom is a sponsor of The Radiator.  There’s no secret there: I read their underwriting spot every show.

Chris Burns, my guest this week, was totally open to chatting.  He didn’t try to restrict the conversation in anyway.  I didn’t ask about the news of the week because, again, it’s just not what I wanted to talk about, and there are many smart professionals covering that story.  This is a show about what’s online, and I wanted to talk about the plumbing that is the internet.

Why meet with BTV-T and not with Comcast or FairPoint?  No reason.  I’d love to meet with them, too.  If you’re from either of those orgs, or if you have any suggestions for guests or topics for the show, contact me: my gmail and Twitter are both JonathanPB.

It’s overly technical!  It’s not newsworthy!  It’s dry!  It’s the browser!  Wednesday at 6pm on 105.9fm on The, Burlington Vermont’s community access radio station.



episode 29’ish :: the vermont 3.0 innovation jam

My guest tonight was Cathy Resmer of 7 Days, joining me to preview the upcoming Vermont 3.0 Innovation Jam.

next on the browser :: the innovation jam

In 8 days On Monday 10/26 the Vermont 3.0 Innovation Jam takes place in Burlington, Vt., BTV.  It’s the latest in the Vermont 3.0 series but this time the emphasis is on innovation and networking, rather than career-fairing.

My guests this week on the browser are Cathy Resmer of 7 Days and Cari Kelley of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce.  They’re stopping by the studio for a live chat about the Innovation Jam – what it’s about, what to expect, how to participate.  You get the idea.

Are you going to the Jam?  Are you going to speak or to represent an organization?  If so, come on by The Radiator and promote your group.  You can tell us why you’re going to be there and get the word out to folks who might be interested in meeting you.  If you’re one of these Vermont 3.0 presenters or exhibitors, stop by the studio Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm and join us on the browser.  If you plan on stopping by, let me know on Twitter or gmail (it’s the same as my Twitter handle).

The Vermont 3.0 Innovation Jam happens at the Sheraton from 10a to 6p on Monday 10/26 and admission is FREE.  The browser happens Wednesday at 6pm on 105.9fm in BTV and online at

tonight on the browser :: andrea learned

Tonight on the browser, a rebroadcast of my interview with local thinker/speaker/writer on gender, culture, and consumer behavior Andrea Learned.  You may know Andrea from her frequent Tweeting, blogging, or VPR commentaries.

Listen at 6pm on 105.9fm in Burlington, VT or stream online at