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More Vermonters Get Better Access to Internet

Many Vermonters now have better access to broadband internet thanks to Fairpoint Communication’s latest project. It wrapped up a two year, $6.6 million dollar project last month, helping to connect thousands in rural communities.
BRAINTREE, Vt.- Many Vermonters now have better access to broadband internet thanks to Fairpoint Communication’s latest project. It wrapped up a two year, $6.6 million dollar project last month, helping to connect thousands in rural communities. 
But some still rely on dial-up.
“It is very frustrating,” said Linda Doane, a Selectboard member in Braintree, VT.
Doane and her husband also run two businesses out of their home which depend on the internet for sales.
“The nature of the wool business, as a specialty wool business- it’s all on social media. I can't get it. It just goes dead on me,” said Doane.
Doane was left out of the latest round of upgrades and with dial up 'surfing the web' isn't possible.
It took it took three minutes for words to pop up and much longer for pictures.
Doane’s home is up a hill, just three miles from town. She estimates she's one of at least 75 homes or small businesses in Braintree that are still without high speed internet.
“This is an area where a lot of people rely on their own skill, their own craft to make a living,” said Jackson Evans, who owns a small business called Black Sash Restoration.
He lives on the other end of Braintree and is one of the lucky ones who connected to broadband for the first time this year.
“90% of my business comes through my website and not being able to maintain that - it starts to slip in the search engine and rankings and everything. I know that’s going to be a lot easier now that I have high speed internet here,” said Evans.
Back at Doane's office about five minutes later we were still waiting for our website to finally load.  
“A lot of my friends are convinced we'll be the last ones in the world to get broadband,” said Doane.

The Fairpoint Communications president, Beth Fastiggi says the state is working tirelessly to make sure every Vermonter has access to high speed internet.
But it may be some time before everyone can make the switch.
Fastiggi also sent us the following statement: “Regarding the “unserved” Braintree addresses from 2012, as a part of this project FairPoint selected and completed projects for all of the addresses in Braintree that the state had determined did not already have broadband service or have projects planned to deliver broadband service.”

To find out if broadband is coming to your area; click on this link ‘Connect Vermont’.

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