Governor announces broadband innovation grant to Newbury REDInet District

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NEWBURY — Governor Phil Scott and the Public Service Department announced today the first round of grant funding through the state’s new Broadband Technology Grant Program.

One of the three selected grant recipients was Newbury REDInet District.

The grants support feasibility studies and subsequent business plans for the deployment of broadband in Vermont.

“The solutions we’ll explore through these grant-funded projects will help us take important steps to improve broadband access,” said Governor Scott.

Newbury REDInet District will receive $34,000 to formalize a public-private partnership with Consolidated Communications for a feasibility study and business plan.

They aim to achieve a “town-wide-fiber-to-the-premises” network.

REDInet has also secured over $25,000 in ThinkVermont Innovation and USDA Rural Business Development grants.

The Department received significant public interest for the first round of grant funding after the program was established in Act 79 of 2019.

If the feasibility studies conclude that the projects are economically feasible, then the recipients of the grants will be eligible for additional funding.

The Department will also fund two more rounds of the Broadband Innovation Grant program.