VTA awards $180,000 in broadband grants

first_imgThe Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) announced its three recipients for the 2008/2009 Broadband Grant Program, designed to create demonstration projects to test viable models for providing high speed Internet access to all Vermonters. The recipients were the Northern Community Development Corporation, the town of Stratton and the towns of West Fairlee and Topsham.Jon Freeman, president of the Northern Community Development Corporation, said that the grant award will help deliver broadband to much of eastern Essex County and improve the economy and overall lifestyle of the area.Rob Giunta of the town of Stratton said that broadband is equivalent to electricity in that both are essential to modern life. He also said that the grant will allow everyone in the town to interact with each other and the rest of the world, making life easier and more efficient.West Fairlee and Topsham received the grant for an extension of the fiber-to-the-home project funded by the federal Department of Agriculture’s RUS program and undertaken by Topsham Telecom.VTA is tasked with assuring mobile phone and Internet coverage to all Vermonters by the end of 2010.last_img