The two communications areas are preparing to lay fiber-optic cable in areas of northwest Vermont this summer as part of a wider government effort to expand broadband Internet services across the state.
Northwest FiberworX and Lamoille FiberNet also announced on Wednesday that they are in the forefront of discussions with what will become the first provider of online retail services online, Google Fiber, which currently offers fiber broadband in 18 subway areas across the United States.
Sean Kyo, executive director of Northwest FiberworkX, said Wednesday that he hopes the crews will be able to begin laying a 2,152-mile fiber-optic cable this summer and will be completed in three years.
The state government and the federal government are working to improve access to broadband services throughout Vermont, especially in rural areas of the state that are not serviced or serviced.
The state has allocated $ 300 million for this process.
Potential customers will be in 31 locations on Lake Champlain Islands in Vermont and in parts of Chittenden, Franklin and Lamoyle counties, Kyo said. As soon as the fiber enters the community, customers can immediately start connecting to the network.
Kyo said 50% to 60% of the estimated cost of $ 109 million will come from state and federal grants. The rest will come from private funding.
In Vermont, there are nine bond union districts with two or more communities united as a municipality to help expand broadband services to underserved parts of the state.
Google Fiber’s director of corporate development, David Finn, said in a statement that the company is committed to providing a fiber-optic service to every home and business in two areas of one of the most rural states and countries.
“We’re excited to be with them in discussions about how Google Fiber can help do that,” Finn said. “We hope this project will set an example for many other communities that need fast and reliable Internet.”
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