Network Construction Continues in 2019

As of June 2019, ECFiber has more than 3500 customers connected.  Service is available on at least some roads in 22 member towns, with essentially full coverage of 8.  By the end of 2019, the District hopes to double the number of fully covered towns to 16.

Our top priority is reaching as many un-served and under-served locations as possible, with a focus on back roads and outlying neighborhoods.  This spring’s focus is on completing the 2018 buildouts of Braintree, Brookfield, Rochester and Stockbridge. During this year’s main construction season we will be filling in the remaining un-served parts of Royalton, Sharon, Tunbridge, and Vershire, to be followed by 80 additional road-miles in parts of Bethel, Hartford, Norwich, Randolph, Woodstock and Reading.

Click on your town to learn where you stand and how you can help bring ECFiber to your neighborhood.

A screenshot of our service area map as of February 2019.

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availability of service at your location.

Who We Are

Banding Together For Fast, Reliable, and Affordable Internet

The East Central Vermont Telecommunications District (ECFiber) is a municipal body with 24 member towns in east-central Vermont.  We have banded together to build a community-owned fiber-optic network. We have contracted with ValleyNet, a Vermont-based non-profit communications company, to design, build, and operate the network. Our goal? Delivering fast, reliable, and affordable Internet to every home, business, and civic institution in our territory.

What We’re Doing

Built by Vermonters, Owned by Vermonters, Run by Vermonters

Having secured $1M in insider startup financing in 2011, we built a 20-mile pilot project and connected our first customers.  As nearby neighborhoods asked to participate, we began to raise funds in $2,500 increments on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis, eventually raising a total of $7M from nearly 500 investors by 2015. The state of Vermont eventually provided over 100 miles of dark fiber as well as several grants totaling close to $600,000 as part of its connectivity initiative. In 2016 we became the state’s first Communications Union District, The East Central VT Telecommunications District, thanks to legislation passed in 2015.

As a Communications Union District, we have been able to access the broader capital markets in 2016, 2017, and 2018, raising $32M in long-term (23 and 25 year) revenue bonds. Using this financing source, we expect to cover all the un-served premises (roughly 20,000 premises on 1400 miles of network) in our district by 2020.

Click here to learn more about our Mission.

Why We’re Doing It

Our Livelihoods and Lifestyles Depend On It

We believe that every Vermonter deserves to have fast, reliable, and affordable access to the Internet.

In Vermont, we start and grow businesses in our homes and barns not in massive steel and glass office parks. Our children’s education and development depend on services delivered digitally, engaging elementary-aged students through high school and beyond. Our property values are directly linked to internet speed and availability. Digital services such as education, healthcare, and communication will permit rural Vermonters of all ages to enjoy a satisfying lifestyle.

None of this is possible without fast and reliable access to the Internet.

To date, the federal government, state government, and legacy telecommunications companies have failed to provide this service to Vermont residents and business people. If private business cannot or will not create the infrastructure needed to support the Vermont lifestyle, local government and community-based organizations such as ECFiber can and will.

Visit Our Meetings, Read Our Minutes

The ECFiber Governing Board meets monthly to oversee the construction and operation of the network. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

Public documents:

For additional financial data, please email treasurer@ecfiber.net

Meetings:
Agendas & minutes from committee meetings are available on our website.