Two communications districts are preparing to lay fiber optic cables in parts of northwestern Vermont this summer as part of a broader state effort to expand statewide broadband internet services. .
Northwest FiberworX and Lamoille FiberNet also announced on Wednesday that they are in advanced talks with what would be the network’s first retail Internet service provider, Google Fiber, which currently offers fiber broadband in 18 metropolitan areas in the United States. .
Sean Kio, executive director of Northwest FiberworkX, said Wednesday he hopes crews can begin laying 2,152 miles of fiber optic cable this summer and be completed within three years.
The state and federal government are working to improve access to broadband services throughout Vermont, especially in underserved and unserved rural areas of the state.
The state has committed $300 million to the process.
Potential customers will be in 31 communities on Vermont’s Lake Champlain Islands and parts of Chittenden, Franklin and Lamoille counties, Kio said. Once fiber reaches a community, customers can begin connecting to the network immediately.
Kio said 50% to 60% of the estimated $109 million cost would come from state and federal grants. The rest will come from private funding.
Vermont has nine communications union districts from two or more communities joined together as a municipal entity to help extend broadband services to underserved areas of the state.
The network created by North West FiberworX and Lamoille FiberNet will be available for use by retail Internet service providers, mobile phone providers, schools, municipalities and other organizations.
Google Fiber’s director of business development, David Finn, said in a statement that the company is committed to bringing fiber internet service to every home and business in the two districts of one of the busiest states. rural and country.
“We’re excited to talk to them about how Google Fiber can help achieve this,” Finn said. “We hope this project will become an example for many other communities that need fast and reliable internet.”