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Vernon Halts Work Toward Municipal Fiber Optic Network

Monday, April 24, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeff Couture

 

Despite years of planning and research, it appears that a high-speed fiber optic network isn’t coming to Vernon anytime soon.

A committee that had been laying the groundwork for a municipally owned fiber system disbanded this month, citing a lack of interest and support among homeowners and businesses.

Some say the committee’s work won’t be wasted because it could inform future broadband projects. But for those who saw fiber optics as a way to help the town recover from the loss of Vermont Yankee, the end of the project represents a setback for Vernon.

A fiber network reaching homes and businesses in Vernon carried an estimated price tag of $2 million. For example, a state telecommunications official pointed out that most Vernon addresses already have access to cable and wondered about the demand for a higher-speed, more expensive broadband network.

Read the full story on VTDigger here.


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