CVFiber in the News
6/13/21, Valley Reporter: CVFiber board member Chuck Burt presents the organization’s plan for universal high-speed broadband to the Moretown Selectboard.
6/11/21, Vermont Business Magazine: The Vermont Department of Public Service unveils a draft of its ten-year communications plan, including the buildout of universal broadband. Communications Union Districts including CVFiber will play a central role.
6/8/21, WAMC Radio: U.S. Rep. Peter Welch meets with representatives of Vermont’s CUDs, including CVFiber chair Jeremy Hansen, to discuss efforts to connect all Vermonters to high-speed internet.
3/16/20, VTDigger: Funding is the biggest challenge facing CUDs. CVFiber chair Jeremy Hansen describes the planning effort and the need for state and federal aid in making universal broadband a reality.
10/23/19, Times Argus: CVFiber is looking to ECFiber, the pioneering CUD in Vermont, as a model for achieving universal broadband.
Vermont CUD & Broadband News
7/20/21 Vermont Digger: How to Spend a Broadband Windfall https://vtdigger.org/2021/07/20/the-deeper-dig-how-to-spend-a-broadband-windfall/
5/19/21, VTDigger: The House and Senate reach agreement on H.360, the bill that establishes a regulatory framework for broadband service and includes $150 million in federal Covid relief aid for broadband. CUDs will be given priority for grant funding.
5/11/21, Seven Days: The Vermont Senate approves its version of H.360, the broadband bill, including $100 million in state grant funding for CUDs. https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2021/05/11/vermont-senate-backs-100-million-broadband-bill
5/6/21, WCAX-TV: Vermont lawmakers are hammering out the details of H.360, a massive broadband bill. https://www.wcax.com/video/2021/05/06/connecting-last-mile-vt-lawmakers-hammer-out-milli
4/27/21, VTDigger: A windfall of federal Covid-19 relief aid promises to jumpstart Vermont’s efforts to provide universal broadband service. But state officials will have to decide how best to spend the money. https://vtdigger.org/2021/04/27/with-a-federal-windfall-how-will-vermont-chart-a-path-toward-universal-broadband/
4/6/21, Seven Days: Gov. Phil Scott unveils his plan to spend more than $1 billion in federal pandemic aid from the American Recovery Plan Act, including $250.5 million for broadband.
4/4/21, VTDigger: An essay by State Reps. Tim Briglin and Laura Sibilia about the necessity for eliminating the “digital divide” between urban and rural areas in Vermont, and how H.360 would accelerate the buildout. https://vtdigger.org/2021/04/04/briglin-sibilia-vermonts-rural-electrification-project-for-broadband/
4/2/21, Broadband Breakfast: The Vermont House approves H.360, a bill to create a state broadband office to coordinate and accelerate statewide broadband expansion. The bill would place CUDs at the heart of the effort; next, it goes to the Vermont Senate.
3/25/21, VTDigger: Essay by F.X. Flinn, president of the Vermont Association of Communications Union Districts, about the urgent need for universal broadband in Vermont and how an influx of federal aid would make a huge difference.
1/26/21, VTDigger: Gov. Phil Scott delivers his annual budget address. His budget proposal includes $20 milion for broadband.