The state of Vermont has formed a new rural broadband internet partnership with Microsoft.
The move comes just a day after Gov. Phil Scott listed expansion of broadband internet service as a priority in his annual budget address to lawmakers.
The alliance will try to improve access to computer science education and boost access to broadband service in rural areas.
According to the governor’s office, Microsoft will work with Massachusetts-based RTO Wireless, as well as other partners, to bring broadband to Vermont businesses, farmers, health care providers, schools and communities.
Microsoft and RTO Wireless are already working togther on a similar rural broadband initiative in both New York and Maine.