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27-town commission gets $60k for broadband expansion study

November 27, 2019 GMT

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont regional commission has received funds to study the potential for building a fiber network to serve its 27 member towns.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports the Windham Regional Commission received a $60,000 grant to complete a feasibility study and business plan for the creation of a district that would connect more than 2,300 locations that currently lack broadband access.

Gov. Phil Scott and the Vermont Public Service Department announced the grant recipients Friday.

The Broadband Grant Program is the result of legislation passed last year to expand broadband infrastructure.

CVFiber and the Newbury REDInet District also received study grants.

The department said in a news release that if its determined that broadband expansion is feasible, the recipients will become eligible for more funding.