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House OKs Temporary Fee to Support Broadband Build-Out

Monday, February 19, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeff Couture

The House advanced a measure  that would raise more than $6 million to build out broadband infrastructure across the state.

The bill, H.582, would temporarily increase a fee on telecommunications services from 2 percent to 2.5 percent for four years, ending in 2022.

The money raised from the increase — estimated total nearly $6.3 million — would go to a fund that distributes grants to internet service providers that expand networks in underserved areas.

The House approved the measure on a vote of 109-27.

Rep. Laura Sibilia, I-Dover, made the case for the bill as an effort to support expanding broadband access to Vermont’s students and residents.

“We have got to d
o something to help,” she said on the House floor. “This is a very modest measure.”

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