Broadband plan falls short, again - Seven Days

For once the Vermont Legislature has the money to deliver internet and cell phone coverage to the state’s underserved rural areas. Alas, it doesn’t have the time.

"Legislative committees began to discuss spending as much as $100 million to eliminate the state's digital divide once and for all. A major problem quickly emerged: The federal Coronavirus Relief Fund came with restrictions, including the proviso that the money be spent by the end of this year. Since broadband networks generally take years to design, finance, permit and build, simply throwing money at the problem wasn't going to improve connectivity. "You have to engineer these networks," said Rep. Laura Sibilia (I-Dover). "You don't just, like, snap your fingers and it's built.""



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