Broadband Grant Program Releases First Round of Funding
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Posted by: Jeff Couture
Three organizations have won more than $150,000 to help increase broadband services in several rural areas, a historically difficult challenge in Vermont.
Central Vermont Fiber, Newbury REDInet and the Windham Regional Commission received money through the first round of the Vermont Broadband Innovation Grant program. Central Vermont Fiber and WRC received $60,000 each to study the feasibility and construction of broadband infrastructure in those areas. REDInet will receive $34,000 to also study and create a broadband infrastructure plan, on top of $25,000 worth of grants it previously received from the ThinkVermont Innovation and USDA Rural Business Development.
The grant program is meant to work in tandem with the broadband bill Gov. Phil Scott signed this June, which aims to encourage broadband infrastructure growth.
It will award each business up to $60,000 out of the total $700,000 slated for the program. Two more rounds of funding are set to be released.