The Burlington Freepress is a Gannett site (like our own Poughkeepsie Journal), so this link will probably be useless in a week. However, right now there is a 4 page article on the EC Fiber project, to bring Fiber to the home for 22 rural towns. My father gets the photo and quoted a few times in the article.
RYAN MERCER, Free Press
Jim Dague, a Granville road commissioner and the town’s liaison to the East Central Vermont Community Fiber Network, or EC Fiber, is waiting along with 21 other rural Vermont communities to hear whether the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utility Service will award a $69 million stimulus loan to the high-speed Internet project.
The article itself is largely an attack piece against the project, citing a failed venture in 2004 in New Hampshire, and quoting another company that is competing for the stimulus money. It is curious how the troops get rallied by the telcos any time a municipality wants to build out their own network. Having watched, and participated in, the brain drain of central Vermont due to lack of modern infrastructure, I’m very much hoping EC fiber gets the stimulus funds and succeeds.