Ruby conference offers speedy connection (Burlington Free Press) July 31, 2013

Burlington Telecom and the Burlington Ruby
Conference have announced a partnership to utilize Burlington’s high-speed fiber optic gigabit network at the annual Burlington Ruby Conference on Aug. 3-4 at the Main Street Landing.

Farther, faster: Effort continues to expand broadband in VT (Vermont Public Radio) July 30, 2013

Depending on where you are in Vermont, your access to the internet and the speed of that connection vary dramatically. Tuesday on Vermont Edition, we look at how widely available high-speed internet is here, and the efforts to connect the so-called “final miles.”

Burlington’s quest for fast internet slows credit rating (Bloomberg) June 17, 2013

Burlington, Vermont’s most-populous city, is on the verge of losing its investment-grade bond ranking with a municipally backed project to bring high-speed Internet service siphoning taxpayers’ funds and prompting a property-tax increase.

Bring on the broadband: FairPoint expands coverage in five Upper Valley towns (VT Digger) June 5, 2013

FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP), a leading provider of advanced communications in northern New England, has expanded broadband to more than 500 homes and businesses in the Upper Valley towns of Bethel, Fairlee, Strafford, Thetford, and Vershire.

Fulfilling broadband goal close, but difficult (Vermont Public Radio) May 3, 2013

“We have promised to have high speed internet access to every last mile by the end of 2013,” declared Governor Peter Shumlin at a December, 2012 news conference. It’s a statement he’s made numerous times.

Gigabit internet in Vermont is cheaper than Google Fiber (Gizmodo) April 29, 2013

There have been vague rumblings about ISPs stepping up to match Google Fiber’s gigabit internet offering, especially since Google announced that the next Fiber city would be Austin. Now 600 residents of Vermont are actually getting those speeds at half the Fiber price. What gives?

Telecom ends grants with broadband provider (NECN) March 30, 2013

…Vermont Public Radio is reporting that VTel president Michel Guite (Gee-tay) doesn’t like the state’s characterization of the issues, but says the problem stems from having to build a separate project for 630 customers included in the 2011 state grant, rather than including them in a larger project the company is building with an $81 million federal grant.

BTV Gig to Leverage Burlington’s Gigabit (Ethernet) March 22, 2013

BTV Gig, an independent initiative to leverage gigabit Internet speeds for the benefit of the community of Burlington, Vermont, has released a comprehensive strategy with tactics for Burlington to leverage this opportunity. The 24-page report features a foreword by Blair Levin, author of the National Broadband Plan.

Burlington Telecom coop effort moving ahead (Community Broadband Networks) March 18, 2013

In December, 2012, a group of local residents decided to engage in an effort to turn beleaguered Burlington Telecom into a coop. The effort has advanced and the organization, Keep BT Local, continues to gain pledges. To date, the organization has collected pledges in the amount of $108,000 for equity and $156,000 in loan pledges.

Case study of Burlington (VT) Telecom reveals government owned networks costing taxpayers (Coalition for the New Economy) January 29, 2013

This week the Coalition for the New Economy released its third micropaper from Dr. Joseph P. Fuhr, Jr. on government-owned networks. The most-recent release discusses Burlington Telecom in Vermont.

According to Dr. Fuhr, Burlington Telecom has experienced many of the problems typical with GONs: a construction plan that is behind schedule (the network is only 85 percent built); high levels of debt ($51 million to be exact); and unmet subscribership goals (despite promises of universal service, the network only serves 4,000 residents).

Vermont measures broadband access with complex mapping (Vermont Public Radio) January 17, 2013

A few eyebrows were raised last month when the state announced that fully 95 percent of homes, businesses and institutions in Vermont are served by broadband.

The 95 percent figure is based on a complex mapping project that involves dozens of businesses and organizations. And there is an asterisk or two next to it.


Co-op status for Burlington Telecom? Maybe (Community Broadband Networks) December 19, 2012

Burlington Telecom may be headed for some changes. Due to themismanagement of the prior Burlington Mayor Administration, the network took on an unsustainable amount of debt and damaged its reputation. Some of the plans to make the network sustainable again involve privatizing it. Unfortunately, as we have seen with public power privatizations, such an action typically results in worse services and higher prices due to the loss of local control.

Closing the digital divide in Vermont (VT Digger – Opinion Editorial) December 3, 2012

The good news is that a little more than a year from now, Vermont will have broadband infrastructure that reaches every house in our state. In fact, according to the Vermont Telecommunications Authority, almost 95 percent of Vermont buildings already fall within broadband coverage.

Burlington Telecom announces a gig and computer repair services (Community Broad Networks) November 5, 2012

We have covered happenings at Burlington Telecom, both positive and negative, extensively. We are glad to report some interesting new developments of this Vermont municipal network. BT is rolling out faster connections and using its competitive advantage in customer service to offer some computer repair services. Joel Banner Baird at theBurlington Free Press reported:

e-Vermont broadband effort benefited towns(Bennington Banner) November 3, 2012

Putting broadband to work for Vermont was the directive of e-Vermont, an initiative seeking to expand access to and make better use of high speed Internet throughout all parts of the state. Locally, the program resulted in netbooks for students, websites for towns, and multiple workshops and webinars.

City-owned Burlington Telecom dodges Citibank’s contempt claims(FierceTelecom) September 19, 2012

Burlington, Vt. dodged a bullet Tuesday when Citibank withdrew a U.S. District Court contempt-of-court motion because it said it wasn’t getting the full story about municipally owned and operated Burlington Telecom.

Shumlin to talk broadband Thursday (Times Argus Online) September 3, 2012

The governor is coming to Pittsfield this week to talk about hooking up rural towns to broadband wireless Internet service.

Gov. Peter Shumlin’s “Connect VT” initiative and the Vermont Telecommunications Authority will hosting a “Target Community Tour” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Pittsfield’s Town Hall at 56 Village Green.


Prosecutor: No charges in Burlington telecom case (Vermont Public Radio) June 29, 2011

There won’t be any criminal charges related to the problems at the city-owned Burlington Telecom.

Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan says he investigated the city’s handling of the municipal telecommunications provider. But he says there are no grounds to file charges.

Burlington Telecom is $50 million in debt.

State regulators found that the utility violated the terms of its operating license by using $17 million in city funds for operations and not repaying it within two months.

That money still hasn’t been repaid. Donovan says he hired former prosecutor Robert Simpson to conduct the investigation.

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