Vermont Telecommunications Authority

Vermont Fiber Link

As a small, rural state with rugged terrain, Vermont has difficulty attracting broadband Internet providers, who are often unable to build profitable business models for serving the state. Vermont Fiber Link, a public-private partnership between the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) and Sovernet Fiber Corporation, a regional communications service provider, proposes to address this problem, focusing on Vermont’s key community anchor institutions, such as K-12 schools, that lack affordable high speed Internet access. The project plans to build almost 800 miles of fiber broadband infrastructure and provide direct connections at speeds of up to 1 Gbps to as many as 340 anchor institutions statewide, including nine community colleges, 12 other institutions of higher learning, 30 public safety entities, and 53 libraries.

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