Vermont Council on Rural Development
The Vermont Community Broadband Project plans to increase broadband Internet access and adoption in 24 small, mostly rural communities through a comprehensive effort combining broadband training, access, awareness, and planning. The Vermont Council on Rural Development and its project partners plan to train more than 1,800 individuals and distribute an estimated 1,200 computers to 4th and 5th grade students in these communities. The project will help teachers integrate broadband usage into lesson plans and implement a mentoring program in which middle and high school students help 4th and 5th grade students build Web sites with local content. The project’s awareness campaign expects to reach 300,000 residents throughout Vermont via local and regional radio, newspaper and TV news stories, program announcements, and other communication tools.