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Sanders Says Southeastern Vermont at Cutting Edge on Broadband


WASHINGTON, July 17 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said today that a region in southeastern Vermont is getting the fastest consumer connection to the Internet anywhere in the United States.

Springfield, Vt., and 13 neighboring towns – Saxons River, Chester, North Springfield, Grafton, Bridgewater, Cuttingsville, Wallingford, Hartland, Killington, Pawlet, Danby, Mt. Holly and Middletown Springs – are in the process of getting state-of-the-art Internet access at speeds 100 times faster than average and faster than anywhere else in the United States except a Kansas City, Mo., pilot project by Google.

“Vermont may be on the verge of reaping enormous dividends from this historic investment in our future,” Sanders said of the new fiber optic service. “The ultra-fast Internet offers the chance to dramatically change how we think about education, health care and business,” Sanders added.

“The goal now is to use this resource to attract business and create good-paying jobs,” Sanders said of the region that once was a national hub for the tool-and-die industry but lost thousands of good-paying jobs as manufacturers shut down.

The cutting-edge development is a result of a federal, state and local government partnership with private business to significantly upgrade the Internet infrastructure in the Springfield area and in other parts of Vermont. The Springfield project is being built by Springfield-based Vermont Telephone Co. VTel received federal funds to build the fiber network that will provide affordable broadband access throughout its 14-town service area. VTel's monthly price for the high-speed Internet access is only about $35.

About 1,500 homes and business in the Springfield area already have the new fiber-optic connection, a number which VTel expects to double by the end of December. By the end of 2013, VTel says the framework of the fiber work, which includes running the fiber through 14 towns and into neighborhoods, will be complete. During the remainder of this year and throughout 2014, homes will continue to be linked to that network.

The growing list of companies already wired include Black River Meats, Lucas Industries, One Credit Union and Vermont Timberworks. “It does save us time, and time is money,” said Doug Friant, the owner of the company which specializes in designing timber frames and buildings.

Adam Trojanowski, a 38-year-old software developer for IBM who lives in Chester, Vt., was one of the first to sign up for the state-of-the art fiber connection. “I work with people in different sites and now I’m on a par with them,” he said. “When I told the people I work with who live in New York that I was getting this fiber they were envious. I don’t think anywhere in the world has anything faster for consumers.”

Bob Flint, executive director of the Springfield Regional Development Corp., said the Internet service will lure businesses to southeastern Vermont. “This is a huge asset, a huge arrow in the quiver,” Flint said of the arrival the fiber optic connections to Springfield.

Contact: Michael Briggs (202) 224-5141

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Oh the Irony

"Adam Trojanowski, a 38-year-old software developer for IBM who lives in Chester, Vt.,"

How ironic. A guy who works for the largest employer in Vermont, besides the state of course, and the company is "scuttling the ship" with lay offs.

Why would they get all excited about broadband in an area of Vermont that barely has cell phone service and probably got cable TV just a few years ago. Like there's going to be "good paying jobs" in this area.

Silly Comrad.

 
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Guilford

Well here in Guiford, some of the back roads have cable and some don't. Fairpoint DSL is totally unreliable, slow, and I'd love to see this new option happen. Is it offered to everyone in a given town or just to those on the main roads?

 
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cables and trees don't always mix well together

(1) they connected what appears to be fiber optics lines on a pole in my back yard, and they left a long cable with sharp edges hanging out and I ran over to the truck and told them they'd better take that mess with them because I have a young niece and nephew who could get hurt on sharp edges sticking out the end of the long line they just dumped from the pole onto my yard.
(2) I live in Chester and despite these thick, heavy lines they are hanging around the place, no one has informed me that fiber is available to me.
(3) the neighbor has cable, for years I complained that the cable line was strung too low over my garden, and Comcast claimed to have a "right of way".
July 17, 2013 a tree branch in my back yard from a tree a few short feet from an electric pole and a cable pole suddenly fell, about a 40 foot long branch, about a foot thick for the first 20 feet, and it is shaped like Champ the Lake Champlain Monster, it sticks up in the air about 8 feet high, where it is a foot thick, and it is curved like an Arch, then curves back down and then curves up into the cable line.
I called Comcast and now they have a brilliant tape recording that hung up on me because I am not their current customer.
(4) I called Green Mountain Power electric company which I will forever more think of as green moutain mafia, and two electric guys told me the long tree branch wasn't in their "right of way", that was Wed. July 17, 2013. They did claim that they'll get around to having their tree guys trim the tree branches away from the cable line (also is possibly in the electric line).
(5). Today I called back green mountain mafia because no one has shown up to "trim" the branches in the cable line
(please try to visualize how big this tree branch is, about 40 feet long, the first half is at least a foot thick and from the road it looks like a huge rainbow shape because it is sticking up in an arch and then swoops down and then arches up again into the cable line - I wish I had some gallons of paint, it would be fabulous to paint this thing.)
So, I explained to the nice lady that the problem is, I have been out to really have a good look at this thing,
and if they just trim the top of the branches in the cable line, then there won't be anything hold the arch in place,
and the arch, 8 feet high, a foot thick, is wobbly,
you can touch it and it wobbles, and it is huge,
so if they cut the branches sticking into the cable line, the huge arch could fall down and hit the cable pole and the electric company pole.
I have taken photos, but apparently you can't post photos in comments.

THE BOTTOM LINE IS, WHAT IS A "RIGHT OF WAY" FOR THE ELECTRIC COMPANY AND COMCAST, AND WHY DOESN'T COMCAST HAVE TO RESPOND OR COMMUNICATE WITH NON-CUSTOMERS WHEN THEY HAVE CLAIMED A "RIGHT OF WAY" AND HAVE A LOW HANGING CABLE OVER MY BACK YARD AND GARDEN,
AND THERE ARE TWO ELECTRIC COMPANY POLES,
ONE ON EACH END OF MY BACK YARD
AND APPARENTLY NOW FIBER CABLE LINES, SO,
HOW CAN THE ELECTRIC COMPANY GUYS TELL ME THAT NOW
THEY DON'T HAVE A "RIGHT OF WAY"
AND THEY ARE ONLY SENDING SOMEONE TO "TRIM"
THE TREE BRANCHES OUT OF THE CABLE LINE
WHICH WILL RESULT IN NOTHING HOLDING THE ARCH,
THE 8 FOOT HIGH CURVE OF THE 1 FOOT THICK BRANCH
STICKING UP IN THE AIR
IN PLACE
A COUPLE FEET FROM THE BASE OF THE ELECTRIC UTILITY POLE
AND THE CABLE POLE
WHICH COULD RESULT
IN THIS HUGE ARCH WITH TREMENDOUS WEIGHT
FALLING DOWN AND HITTING THE ELECTRIC UTILITY POLE AND
THE CABLE POLE?

EXPLAIN "RIGHT OF WAY"?

CRIS ERICSON
(802)875-4038
879 CHURCH STREET
CHESTER, VT 05143

 

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