On September 11th in Wilmington the Windham Legislative Delegation hosted an informational meeting for local officials to increase awareness and understanding of new funding and technical assistance available to help towns improve local access to broadband.
Clay Purvis, Director of Telecommunications at the Vermont Department of Public Service, gave a presentation which is available through the Windham Regional Commission. The DPS will be hiring a new staff person to assist towns directly with broadband assessment, planning and funding.
The Broadband Innovation Grant program provides funding for studies and business plans that seek to provide innovative broadband solutions for underserved locations throughout Vermont. Funds can help communities conduct feasibility studies and create business plans to deploy broadband in rural, unserved and underserved areas.
For more on H.513, An act relating to broadband deployment throughout Vermont which was signed by Governor Phil Scott at a public ceremony in Dover earlier this summer visit BDCC’s earlier blog post.
BROADBAND EVENT COVERAGE
The Brattleboro Reformer coverage of the event is available here.
Vermont Public Radio did a story on the new legislation and Wilmington event.
For complete coverage, Brattleboro Community Television recorded the event.
The grant application can be found at the Vermont Public Service Department web site or directly at