A few years back, I remember attending an author event at Bixby Library in Vergennes. It was after hours and the library was closed except to guests. As I entered, I passed a cluster of young kids dressed against the cold huddling on the granite steps in front of the library. I inquired of my host why they were there. “We leave our WiFi on for them,” he responded. “They don’t have it at school and come here to use ours.” Today, the pandemic is exposing Vermont’s endemic problems, accelerating some into full-blown crises, the latest of which is the state and federal failure to meet the...
BRANDON — Brandon has become the first town in Rutland County to form a communications district in an effort to improve its internet service. Thanks to an initiative from the Department of Public Service, the Rutland Regional Planning Commission has been awarded a Broadband Innovation Grant to support the improvement of stronger, more reliable broadband internet service. The grant will be used to fund a feasibility study that will assess the most cost-effective way to bring better fiber optic internet service to the area. Brandon is among 15 Rutland County towns that have been identified as...
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County residents in rural areas could see a new source of affordable, robust broadband internet service in the not-too-distant future. Selectboards in Ferrisburgh, Leicester, New Haven, Monkton and Salisbury recently voted to form Vermont’s latest Communications Union District, a nonprofit inter-municipal corporation that can work to bring broadband to rural areas, combining user fees, bonds and grants — but no taxpayer funding — to pay for it.   And once two or more towns in a county have established a Communications Union District — or, fittingly for this dairy-rich...

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