According to town administrator Mark Shea, Readsboro’s isolated location in southern Vermont makes it hard to attract business, and any opportunity to improve technological and communication services should be taken. “Broadband is not available right now in town and in today’s global economy, broadband is essential to have in order for businesses to thrive.” Services that Shea said the town currently lacked and would benefit from through the program are hotspots cell service, Wi-Fi, and 4G capabilities in the downtown village area.
The VTA will provide technical assistance to all designated business broadband improvement districts. According to VTA, those districts may also be considered for funding for improvement projects and between $1 million and $2 million will be made available.
As part of the application process, Shea said the town had to indicate all the village businesses that would benefit from the program and supply their contact information in the application, should they have to prove their need.
“Readsboro is isolated by geography, more so than other communities,” said Shea. “All the more reason for this grant to be approved. Utilizing technology can help bring down those obstacles and include Readsboro in being competitive in the southern Vermont economy. The whole town and directly the business owners would benefit by communicating effectively as other businesses that thrive do.