February 21, 2021 – If you take a look at this map https://publicservice.vermont.gov/content/vermont-communications-union-districts, you will see that much of Vermont is home to a new kind of CUD: There are currently nine Communications Union Districts in the state. About half of them formed within the past year due to the glaring inadequacies of broadband internet connections in rural areas, exposed by work-from-home, school-at-home and telehealth requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
February 19, 2021 – Lamoille FiberNet has been using its voice in the legislature to advocate for expanded broadband coverage. Lamoille FiberNet is the Communications Union District (CUD) working to bring high speed symmetrical broadband to Belvidere, Cambridge, Eden, Hyde Park, Johnson, Morristown, Stowe, and Waterville. The district represents a population of about 23,000.
January 29, 2021 – A utility pole assessment commissioned by Lamoille FiberNet CUD has been completed, moving the CUD one step closer to the buildout of their fiber optic broadband network.
January 18, 2021 – The Stowe Selectboard voted to join the Lamoille FiberNet Communications Union District, a municipal entity formed in July 2020 for the purpose of making locally controlled, affordable and reliable high-speed Internet service available to every address within its member towns.
January 11, 2021 – Lamoille FiberNet Communications Union District has partnered with Lamoille North Supervisory Union (LNSU) and Lamoille South Unified Union School District (LSUU) to provide internet connectivity to students in need.
January 4, 2021 – Lamoille FiberNet Communications Union District (CUD) has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation (VCF) for general operating support.
November 30, 2020 – A feasibility study on building a network to deliver high speed broadband to underserved areas in the Lamoille region has now been completed.
November 12, 2020 – Lamoille FiberNet announced that it has taken the first step toward building fiber-based broadband network in its north central Vermont region.
August 26, 2020 – Two more towns have joined the Lamoille FiberNet Communications Union District, which was established to expand the effectiveness of and access to broadband in member towns.
August 25, 2020 – The social distancing that has resulted from the Covid – 19 pandemic have heightened awareness of the disparities in Vermont’s broadband access. In recognition of the urgent need for broadband – for online education, remote work and telehealth service — the Vermont legislature directed some of the Covid-related funding to support the work of Communications Union Districts.