Twelve Vermont Towns Agree To Form Internet Cooperative

Mar 7, 2018

Twelve Vermont towns have agreed to form a new communications district that will bring high speed internet services to the communities via fiber optic cables.

Central Vermont Internet would bring publicly run high-speed internet to the member towns.

The proposal to create it passed in all 12 towns that voted on the issue on Town Meeting Day. In May, the town of Barre will vote during its Town Meeting.

The idea was proposed by Berlin Select Board member Jeremy Hansen, also a computer science professor at Norwich University in Northfield. The project would be funded with municipal bonds and then paid for by subscribers. It's hoped construction can begin in 2020.

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