Vermont House lawmakers ok “Broadband Expansion Bill”

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The Vermont House gave preliminary approval to bill involving broadband internet.

H. 513 would build more high-speed broadband internet.  It passed on a vote of 139 to 2 Tuesday. 

According to a tweet from @VTHouseDems, Vermonters in all 14 counties benefit when they can tap into the commerce and resources available on the web.  The bill is good for the Vermont economy.

This bill invests approximately $1.5 million in Fiscal year 2020 into three areas of need: the Broadband Innovation Grant Program, Connectivity Initiative grants, and increased funding for the Department of Public Service. These investments are targeted at the 17,000 Vermont households that lack access to even the most basic internet service, Democratic House Speaker Mitzi Johnson said.

According to VPIRG, Vermont Public Interest Research Group, “This is a significant step toward giving community-owned broadband support networks the support they need to do what the large telecoms have failed to do provide affordable high-speed internet for all Vermonters.”

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