• Vt. telecom firm gets $2M to expand wireless
    October 04,2012

    The Associated Press

    MONTPELIER — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says cellular telephone users in parts of rural Caledonia and Orange counties will see better service thanks to a $2 million grant from the Federal Communications Commission.

    The telecommunications company VTel was among the winners of the FCC’s first “mobility fund auction.”

    VTel will use the money to expand wireless coverage along 941 miles of Vermont roadways, primarily in Orange and Caledonia counties, but also in parts of Washington, Chittenden, Addison and in other parts of the state.

    The Springfield-based telecommunications provider must complete its project within three years and make the network available to other providers for roaming so that as many consumers as possible can benefit from the new networks.

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