Communications Union District

ADDISON COUNTY — When the Vergennes City Council voted to join Maple Broadband on April 13, it marked a milestone: Every community in Addison County now belongs to a Communications Union District, or CUD, and 20 of them have signed on with Maple Broadband. Vermont’s nine CUDs are legal entities in which multiple towns band together as a quasi-municipal entities for the purpose of building out faster internet infrastructure. Notably, CUDS can cooperate to expand broadband internet service into unserved and underserved rural areas that for-profit providers often ignore. Some, like EC Fiber in...
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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