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Lamoille FiberNet receives broadband grant

August 26, 2021 – Lamoille FiberNet Communications Union District announced that it has been awarded a $120,970 grant from the VT Dept. of Public Service, to help fund some of the steps needed before construction of the Lamoille FiberNet broadband network.  The grant work will build upon a feasibility study and business plan completed in the past year, and the funds come from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

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What is internet upload speed? Why is it important?

June 2, 2021 — When talking about broadband internet speed, there are two different numbers to pay attention to: download speed and upload speed. Download speed determines how fast data can be sent to your device, such as when you receive emails, load websites, download files, or stream videos. Upload speed determines how fast data can be sent from your device, such as when you’re using sharing your live video and audio in a virtual meeting, uploading files to the cloud, or doing work on remote computers.

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Need help paying for broadband internet?

May 24, 2021 — Lamoille FiberNet Communications Union District is working to help build consumer awareness about the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program. The temporary benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Quick facts about Vermont Communications Union Districts

May 10, 2021 ‒ Vermont Communications Union Districts Association (VCUDA) represents the interests of Vermont’s nine CUDs, regional municipalities created to bring world-class broadband to all on-grid premises in their districts. At the end of this article, see the quick facts about Vermont Communications Union Districts.

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What does 100/100 Mbps internet speed mean and why should you care?

April 5, 2021 ‒ If you have recently been required to work from home, do homeschooling, participate in telemedicine or other online meeting platform, chances are you have run into trouble with internet speed.

Perhaps your internet service provider (ISP) offers some level of high-speed internet to your location but offerings can vary widely. The Lamoille FiberNet Communications Union District is working to make locally controlled and reliable high-speed Internet service available to every address in our eight member towns in the county and educate people on the options available. Expanding broadband to every address will take time to be sure, but the goal is to eventually deliver 100/100 Mbps level service.

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Do You Know a Public Location that Needs Free WiFi?

March 29, 2021 ‒ Free community Wi-Fi installations are available “to connect students and families to the Internet, especially those living in rural and underserved communities,” but the window of opportunity is extremely short.

If you know of any locations that need public Wi-Fi Hot Spots, please ask them to submit their information immediately to: https://www.itdrc.org/covid-19/projectconnect. Installation requests are evaluated based on “need, sustainability, and community impact.” The program includes equipment and installation but does not cover the cost of Internet service.

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