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April 02, 2007

VT House Approves E-State Plan

You may recall that I reported on the E-State Plan back in January.

The Vermont House approved a bill to establish the Vermont Telecommunications Authority on Friday which will be charged with delivering broadband internet and cellular service to all corners of the state.

...the bill creates an authority that could fund construction of a telecommunication network's foundation -- the poles and towers on which such a network's antennae and other equipment could be installed by a private company that provides high-speed computer connections.

"Consumers are demanding these products and services," said Rep. Steve Adams, R-Hartland. "I'm looking forward to flipping open my cell phone in those remote places and seeing there is service."

The state has set a goal of extending reliable cellular telephone service and high-speed computer service known as broadband into every area of the state by 2010. Now, wide swaths of Vermont get no cell signals and computer users must use much slower dial-up service.

The Telecommunications Authority would have the power to float state-backed bonds valued at $40 million to build the poles, towers and other parts of the basic network. It would then lease space on the network to companies that would sell their service to consumers.

I'm thrilled to see that it has gone through. I was a bit worried that once the telecommunication companies heard about the plan they'd order their lobbyists to descend on Montpelier to nix it.

[House approves bill that would expand broadband coverage]

Posted in Vermont by usrbingeek at 2007-04-02 00:00 ET (GMT-5) | 1 Comments | Permalink


Qwest and Comcast both tried to stop UTOPIA in Utah and failed miserably. It was the same story with iProvo as well. Simply put, enough of us are sick of their duopoly to make a difference. Now if we could just get them to stop chasing down statewide franchise agreements...

Posted by: Jesse Harris at April 2, 2007 03:45 PM

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