Burlington Telecom low-income program to be expanded

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A program that helps low-income Burlington residents access high-speed internet is being expanded.

Residents who are eligible for Burlington Telecom's Lifeline program will benefit from a federal grant that provides a discount on phone or internet service to their home. That discount comes to $9.95 for eligible Burlington Telecom residents.

The announcement comes in the midst of Burlington Telecom being sold. Mayor Miro Weinberger, D-Burlington, thinks the sale will happen before the end of the year.

"I'm quite optimistic that we're going to stay on the timeline we laid out to get that transaction complete by the end of the year, and I'm optimistic that it is going to be a good outcome for the taxpayers for BT customers and for the city of Burlington," Weinberger said.

The mayor said that when a sale of Burlington Telecom does happen, the documents will be public at least two weeks before the City Council takes action. Current negations have been behind closed doors.