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Broadband Quest Spurs Some Success, Much Frustration

Wednesday, November 29, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeff Couture

Southern Vermont’s broadband coverage maps bear a passing resemblance to a Jackson Pollock canvas, with splotches and streaks of color representing various speeds and types of service.

And there’s no simple solution for bringing more consistent, reliable high-speed internet to the area.

Federal and state programs continue to pump money into broadband projects, and there are hopes that more cash might be on the way from the U.S. government. But such programs have limitations.

There’s only one constant, say officials and network administrators: Town governments and local residents need to keep up the pressure or, in some cases, find solutions themselves.

Expanding broadband service has been a high priority but also an elusive target for state leaders. Obstacles include the high cost of building such networks; low population density throughout much of Vermont; and the state’s lack of regulatory authority over high-speed internet providers.

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