As a result, the communications union districts in the region no longer plan to jointly build and operate an “open access” fiber broadband network.
64,000 Vermont homes do not have access to a reliable wireline connection. The state aims to connect them to fiber-optic cable by 2026.
Inflation and supply-chain problems are lengthening project timelines and hiking potential costs.
The money, distributed by the Vermont Community Broadband Board to communications union districts and internet service providers, could subsidize broadband construction as soon as this spring.
Construction is slated to begin in 2022 to bring fiber internet to Vermont’s most rural areas within five years.
Vermonters could see whether the fledgling districts are the answer to a problem that’s spanned gubernatorial administrations
None of us on the committee have ever baked a cake before and several have never even used an oven. What could go wrong?
District leaders say the information could help communications union districts plan for expanding service.
Hallquist, former Vermont Electric Co-op CEO and gubernatorial candidate, brings infrastructure build-out experience to the Northeast Kingdom CUD’s operation.
One-half of Vermonters are surviving and thriving in this new remote reality, while the other half struggles to get basic bandwidth and stay connected.
The Department of Public Service is looking to subsidize well-established internet providers, potentially at the expense of fledgling Communications Union Districts.
The latest round of aid comes as lawmakers are racing to spend the majority of the $1.25 billion the state has received in federal Covid-19 assistance.
State officials and others working in community internet lay out the roadblocks — and strategies — for the new broadband districts in the Northeast Kingdom and elsewhere.
On the same day Vermont voters go to the polls to cast their ballots in the presidential primary, they’ll also decide on issues ranging from the emerald ash borer to a Prohibition-era alcohol ban.