Town designated as improvement district for business broadband
by Jack Deming
Mar 24, 2014 | 9090 views | 1 1 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend | print
READSBORO- The Vermont Telecommunications Authority approved the designation of Readsboro as a business broadband improvement district this week, bringing the town another step closer to its goal of obtaining better Internet service.

The purpose of defining these districts is for the state to pinpoint towns that need support in their efforts to improve their available broadband services, within specific districts. Readsboro mapped out their district mostly within the village area, and approximately two miles in each direction. According to town administrator Mark Shea this area will encompass nearly 30 businesses, and put them on the path to getting better Internet service as well as Wi-Fi.

By formally designating the district proposed in Readsboro’s application, the VTA will be able to partner with the town to work on methods for physically bringing these services to town. The first step, according to Shea, will be the state sending out requests for information to solicit companies to find ways to facilitate these services within the district.

According to the VTA website, all designated districts will receive technical assistance, while the VTA will work with Internet service providers to determine the potential for future expansion or improvement of services.

According to Shea, broadband availability will not be immediate just because of the designation. Once the state receives all the information it requires from Internet service providers, it will then come up with a plan for actually installing these services. The state has 30 to 60 days to gather solicitations from providers.
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March 28, 2014
Is this the same VTA that was suppose to have cell and broadband services in every corner of Vt by the end of 2013.If it is don't hold your breath waiting for this .Money made available will be drawn into the administrative hole and never will happen.