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.