Vermont

Following months of service complaints and a massive phone outage, Vermont is asking for an investigation into telecom FairPoint Communications.
Revelations show the federal broadband program, BTOP, riddled with overruns, favoritism and unnecessary duplication of infrastructure.
On Wednesday, December 15, the Communications Workers of America and the Speed Matters campaign released the 2010 Report on Internet Speeds in all 50 States.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced $3.4 million in grants to improve Internet connections of public libraries in Kansas, Arkansas, New York, Virginia, and Massachusetts. Through the Opportunity Online program, the Foundation will partner with fourteen additional states to help libraries compete for broadband stimulus funds.
FairPoint, the company that acquired Verizon's land lines in New England in 2008, filed for bankruptcy on October 26. This news comes as Verizon is seeking approval to sell 4.8 million landlines to Frontier Communications in 14 states.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced on October 5th that it has awarded four state grants in California, Indiana, North Carolina, and Vermont for broadband mapping.
This past Tuesday, Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick, announced the creation of a 4.56 mile fiber optic conduit that will stretch along a section of Interstate 95 up toward the Vermont border. This critical section of Internet infrastructure will complete a high speed information network that spans more than 50 miles from Connecticut to Vermont. The benefits of, quite literally, bridging this digital divide, are nearly endless.
Last week, the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) sent letters to the Democratic and Republican leadership in both houses of Congress, urging them to include funding for high speed Internet infrastructure in their economic stimulus efforts.
The Public Utilities Commission of New Hampshire has approved the sale of Verizon Communications operations to FairPoint Communications, ensuring the deal will move forward, thanks to $362 million in new commitments from Verizon. Whether or not the deal -- which will affect Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont -- would be in the best interest of the public, has been hotly debated. Because of this debate and scrutiny, spurred by both CWA and IBEW, the sale has moved forward only with major revisions, designed to improve service to New England customers.