Vermont Proposes Emergency Broadband for All

Currently about 23% of the state, or 70,000 homes and businesses, do not have access to high-speed internet.

Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier.
Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier.
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The Vermont Department of Public Service is proposing a plan to provide broadband internet service to everyone in the state.

Currently about 23% of the state, or 70,000 homes and businesses, do not have access to high-speed internet services. That's defined as download speeds of 25 megabits per second download and 3 megabits per second upload.

β€œThe internet is necessary infrastructure that is essential for Vermonters to stay safe when they shelter at home during a crisis, such as the COVID-19 emergency,” June Tierney, the commissioner of the Department of Public Service, said in a statement announcing the plan.

The cost estimate is approximately $300 million and assumes that Vermont will receive an additional infusion of federal aid to support recovery from the COVID-19 virus.

The estimated amount of public funding ranges from $122 million to $293 million, depending on the method used to disburse the funding.

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