Can Vermont Turn Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Into High-Speed Internet for All?

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Published July 5, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. | Updated July 5, 2023 at 12:01 p.m.

Last week, the Vermont Community Broadband Board announced that the state will receive $229 million in federal funding from a White House initiative to expand high-speed broadband access. That figure is some $50 million more than state officials had anticipated — good news for the effort to wire up rural Vermont.

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In the lead-up to the announcement, officials worried that Vermont would get too small a piece of the $42 billion Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program pie. The feds doled out the money based on an internet connectivity map generated by the Federal Communications Commission, which overstated the number of Vermont households with reliable broadband connection.

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