Earlier this month, Governor Phil Scott appointed Christine Hallquist to become executive director of the newly established Vermont Community Broadband Board (VCBB). “I cannot think of a better person to lead this important effort than Christine,” said Scott. “Her experience as a cooperative executive and most recent experience with two communications union districts (CUDs), as well as her long-standing commitment to expanding broadband in Vermont, will be valuable to this work.”

Hallquist comes to the position with decades of experience in the energy and utility sectors, including top leadership roles. Most recently, she worked with NEK Broadband and Lamoille FiberNet, two CUDs working to expand broadband in Vermont. Prior to that, she worked in Canada on a joint venture to build a new battery for the electric grid. From 2000 to 2018, Hallquist worked at Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC), starting as an engineering and operations manager, and later serving as CEO from 2005 to 2018.

As executive director of VCBB, Hallquist will supervise and help implement the board’s work and policies. Specifically, she will manage the board’s administrative budget, hire staff or contractors as necessary, make recommendations to the board for grant awards, and work with the board to support and assist CUDs in their planning, development, and implementation of broadband projects. She begins work on July 26.

VTDigger has produced a podcast in which Hallquist speaks about the future of broadband in Vermont. You can listen to the podcast and read the interview transcript here.