Broadband in Southeastern Vermont

Communities interested in improving high-speed broadband access met last week (9/11/19) in Wilmington to discuss options and ask legislators questions about Vermont’s new broadband legislation.  Representatives from Windham County, as well the Director of Telecommunications at the Department of Public Service, Clay Purvis, shared information about new planning grants that will help communities identify the best path forward.  Communities were strongly encouraged to work together by creating Communications Union Districts, a model that is working in other parts of the state, including EC Fiber serving communities just north of the Windham Region, and Central Vermont Fiber.  Solutions to the problems around the lack of connectivity in Southeastern Vermont are complex and expensive. Connecting communities with broadband is a critical economic development issue, as well as a health and safety concern as it becomes as fundamental to basic communications as the legacy phone lines used to be.  Communities in the Windham Region must collaborate to determine the best path forward for the region.

If you didn’t make the meeting and would like to know what was discussed, it was recorded by BCTV and can be found here. The presentation of Clay Purvis is also available here.  If you’d like to receive additional information on this topic and be added to our email list, please email us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Last Updated: 17 September 2019
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