Millions of dollars will soon help improve cellphone service in southern Vermont.
The state is investing $5 million to expand service in 21 communities across the region.
The money is part of a grant to VTel wireless, a partner of Vermont Telephone.
Gov. Peter Shumlin said Friday the investment in cellular equipment will fill in some of the most challenging gaps in southern Vermont.
"What this $5 million grant, in this case VTel means, is that in the areas, 21 areas across Vermont, largely in Southern Vermont, where we are connecting to the internet, we will also be vastly expanding cell coverage to Vermonters in those regions," said Shumlin, D-Vermont.
VTel will be starting its own retail cellular service, with roaming agreements will national carriers. As far as broadband coverage goes, the governor says the state is on target to meeting full statewide coverage by the end of next year as promised.
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