Vt. internet providers to receive $4M for better broadband access
BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Nearly half of the federal COVID-19 relief money set aside to build up broadband across Vermont is set to serve more than 1,600 homes.
Just under $4 million was awarded to six different internet service providers.
The projects are set to benefit Vermonters who lack high-speed internet, some of whom need it for telehealth visits, distance-learning or telework.
Work should be completed by the end of 2020.
There is still $4 million available in grants.
The money will be awarded to providers through a competitive bidding process.
The companies awarded are:
- $502,000 to ECFiber to extend its fiber network to reach 251 locations
- $45,691 to Franklin Telephone to extend its fiber network to reach 24 locations
- $762,662 to Wireless Partners to extend its wireless network to reach 668 locations
- $142,939 to Spectrum (Charter) to extend its cable broadband service to reach 156 locations
- $1,789,150 to Tilson to deploy a fiber network to reach 360 locations
- $749,405 to Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom to extend its fiber network to reach 192 locations
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