Our inaugural True Broadband℠ service will be provided to zones in the Hardwick–Greensboro–Craftsbury–Albany area.
Craftsbury, hardwick funding initiatives
The Vermont Council on Rural Development organized a process in Craftsbury that brought federal and state governmental organizations together with local citizens to prioritize and champion development projects for the town. Capitalizing on the work of the resultant Broadband and Cell Committee, the Town was awarded significant federal grants from USDA Rural Development and Northern Borders Regional Commission to build and own about 13 miles of new fiber routes. Kingdom Fiber has been named by the Town of Craftsbury as the broadband provider for its network.
Additionally, the State of Vermont awarded Connectivity Initiative funds to Kingdom Fiber to extend the Town network by another 2 miles. We have a very long-term arrangement to "light" the Craftsbury-owned dark fibers as well as State-owned dark fibers in 21 NEK towns including the four from Hardwick to Albany. These grants enable us to accelerate our launch, with an early focus on Craftsbury, and expand to the rest of the NEK.
We look to replicate this governmental support in other towns to further accelerate expansion in the coming months and years. Of course, we'll expand as quickly as possible with our own resources, too.
After we "get our feet wet" with this initial deployment, we expect to speed up deployments on a larger scale. You can check out the scope of our plans on the NEXT TOWNS page.