MONTPELIER — A decision to fold a state office dedicated to expanding broadband Internet services to the most remote parts of Vermont into the Agency of Commerce and Community Development was made after the head of the office decided to take a job with one of the state’s telecommunications companies, the head of that agency said Tuesday.
Commerce Secretary Lawrence Miller said the decision to have his agency assume the duties of Connect Vermont would likely have taken place anyway, but it didn’t make sense to hire another person to lead the office after Karen Marshall decided to go to work for the data network of the Springfield-based telecommunications company known as VTel.
“When the administration looked at the status of all the projects, so much is on track, refilling Karen’s position just didn’t make sense,” Miller said Tuesday. “It would have come over to us in time. This isn’t a snap judgment.”
Miller said it made the most sense for his agency to assume the duties off Connect Vermont and his office will track progress and assist providers as they continue to bring broadband service to every corner of the state.
Gov. Peter Shumlin has committed the state to expanding broadband coverage to every corner of Vermont by the end of this year, and making that happen had been the responsibility of Connect Vermont. He’s also pushing for the expansion of mobile communications but has said it would be possible to cover the entire state by the end of the year.
Commerce Agency Senior Project Manager Kiersten Bourgeois will become responsible for the broadband expansion.MORE IN Vermont NewsUber driver faces sex assault charge Full StoryMONTPELIER — Gov. Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1249 AD, ANDRE of LONGJUMEAU is dispatched by LOUIS IX of France to meet the KHAGAN, ruler of the Mongol Empire; in 1804, during 1st Barbary War, STEPHEN DECATUR scuttles the pirate-held USS Philadelphia in Tripoli.