Broadband Grant Areas Added to Current Funding Round


Media Release

March 29, 2013

Contact: Christopher Campbell, Executive Director

                                   Vermont Telecommunications Authority

                                   802-828-1799

 

Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Telecommunication Authority (VTA) has created additional broadband Target Grant Areas (TGAs) to be included in their current Notice of Grant Funding. The as yet unserved addresses are being added because two previous grant awards to VTel Wireless have been terminated.

All funds awarded are still available to the VTA to fund new solutions to expand broadband. The VTA is moving forward immediately to communicate with service providers about this opportunity. The funding cycle is ongoing and has a rolling monthly deadline. One cycle has been completed and applications for the next round are due April 15. The TGAs will be posted on the Funding section of the telecomvt.org website.

When the initial grant award was made to VTel Wireless in 2011, data available about current broadband service was not at the address level. Therefore, target areas were based on census blocks, which included both served and unserved addresses. For more recent grant awards, the VTA has been able to analyze service at the address level, creating a detailed understanding of the need for broadband expansion in communities.

Two awards to VTel were made by the VTA, in 2011 and 2012. Although the first contract was due to be completed November 30, 2012, that autumn VTel requested an extension of the project delivery date and other changes as well. After extensive negotiations, VTel Wireless and the VTA were unable to reach agreement. Through that process, the VTA determined it was time to examine other solutions to bring broadband to unserved addresses included in both the 2011 and 2012 grant awards.

A varying number of addresses in each of the following communities have been added to the current funding round: Arlington, Bennington, Braintree, Brattleboro, Chittenden, Corinth, Danville, Dover, Dummerston, Lyndon, Newfane, Pittsford, Pownal, Putney, Randolph, Shaftsbury, St. Johnsbury, Stratton, Wardsboro, Westminister, Whitingham and Wilmington.

The VTA is committed to finding solutions for providing broadband to Vermonters statewide and looks forward to working with service providers who apply for awards.

 

Vermont Telecommunications Authority

100 State Street, Suite 342

Montpelier, VT 05620

www.telecomvt.org<http://www.telecomvt.org/>

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