Expanding Broadband In Vermont: Senator Sanders hosts a Statewide Town Meeting

Please join U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Rural Utilities Service administrator Jonathan Adelstein for a Town Meeting on Broadband in Vermont.

Date: Saturday, September 25
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Place: Vermont Technical College, Judd Hall, Randolph, VT

Dear Fellow Vermonters:

As I’m sure you will agree, the time is long overdue for every community in the state of Vermont to have high-quality broadband service. In that regard, I would like to invite you to a very important town meeting to discuss the opportunities we have in Vermont as the result of Vermont recently receiving $172 million in federal grants and loans to expand and improve high-speed broadband service. The meeting will be held Saturday, September 25th, at 10:00 A.M. at Judd Hall on the Vermont Technical College campus, in Randolph, Vermont.

The focus of this meeting, the first of several on broadband, will be to discuss the plan by Vermont Telephone Company (VTel) to provide wireless, high-speed broadband to residents in all of Vermont’s unserved areas. VTel’s project will also provide exceptionally fast service to major institutions such as hospitals, schools, libraries, and municipal buildings.

As you might imagine, the potential impact of the VTel project is enormous. It will help improve our schools and hospitals, and it will allow Vermont businesses to be more economically competitive in the 21st century. It will also provide access for thousands of Vermonters who are currently cut off from valuable information and communication opportunities. Further, it will stimulate our economy by creating hundreds of new jobs during the development phase.

At the meeting, Vermonters will have the opportunity to learn more about the project, and to ask questions about what broadband services will be offered, when they will be offered, and what they will cost. Michel Guite, President of VTel, and Jonathan Adelstein, Administrator of USDA’s Rural Utilities Service, will discuss the projects and will be available to answer questions. I hope you will be able to join me for this meeting.

For more information or to RSVP to this event (requested but not required), please call my office at (800) 339-9834. Are you on facebook? You can RSVP & share this event. If you are unable to attend, but would like to share your views with me, please visit http://sanders.senate.gov/contact.

United States Senator Bernie Sanders

P.S. You can download a flyer, suitable for printing, copying, and posting at: http://sanders.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/vtbroadband-FLYER.pdf