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MONTPELIER — Broadband Internet service is expanding in northern Orange County as part of the state’s long-stated goal of providing service to all Vermonters by the end of the year, the Vermont Telecommunications Authority said Thursday.
The first seven miles of the Orange County Fiber Connector project are in service and a total of more than 32 miles of the 36-mile route have been hung on utility poles.
Once all the cable has been hung and connected to digital network equipment, it will be tested and certified for commercial use. It’s due to be completed this fall.
The newest Orange County route begins in Chelsea, generally following Route 113 to Thetford and then Route 132 to Sharon.
The authority compares the fiber to interstate highways with a large capacity to transmit data. Internet service providers then connect customers to the fiber network.
State officials for years have vowed to ensure that all Vermonters have access to broadband internet, but a 2010 goal was not met.
Nearly two years ago Gov. Peter Shumlin set the goal of ensuring all Vermonters have access to broadband Internet service by the end of this year.MORE IN Vermont News
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