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Wed March 5, 2014

Putney Asks Vermont To Provide More Broadband

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Putney voters say a few hundred residents do not have access to affordable broadband Internet and they want Vermont lawmakers to change that.

In a resolution passed unanimously during Town Meeting Day on Tuesday, Putney residents called on legislators to expand hard-wired broadband to the town by the end of 2014.

John Field, a resident who drafted the resolution, called on former Putney resident Gov. Peter Shumlin to address it.

Field told Vermont Public Radio that Shumlin "made us a promise at town meeting here last year that he would get everything wired 100 percent, no ifs, ands or buts."

Field says about 300 Putney residents only have dial-up access and even with his HughesNet service, he and his family have difficulty with Skype and streaming content.

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