DVFiber proudly announces they’ve secured a commitment for a $21.9 million grant from the Vermont Community Broadband Board (VCBB) as of July 11, 2022. The funds are a part of a nearly $100 million dollar Vermont state-wide fiber expansion plan from the VCBB. The Deerfield Valley Communication Union District, operating as DVFiber, has been preparing its 24 member towns in southeastern Vermont for high-speed fiber internet since 2020. The local internet service provider will utilize this grant to further expand affordable, 100 mbps symmetrical internet within the district. More specifically, over 485 miles of newly laid fiber will reach 4,470 locations, of which 4,410 do not have access today
“Congratulations are in order all around,” said DVFiber chair Steve John. “On behalf of DVFiber’s governing board and all residents in our 24 member towns, I am deeply grateful to the Vermont Community Broadband Board (VCBB), our partners at Great Works Internet (GWI), and our many dedicated volunteers for their tireless efforts to enable DVFiber to take another giant step towards fulfilling our mission!”
DVFiber plans to use additional grant and municipal bond funds to finance construction, reaching all remaining unserved and underserved locations in all 24 towns.
“This is very good news,” added John, “because this grant will allow us to continue with success in bringing much needed broadband to our communities.”
Once fully accessible, the expanded service will provide the new addresses in southeastern Vermont a dramatically richer internet experience. Moving forward, customers will be able to simultaneously perform multiple bandwidth-heavy tasks, all at an affordable rate.