Braintree is a member of ECFiber, the East Central Vermont Telecommunications District, Vermont’s first Communications Union District. ECFiber is owned by its 24 member towns, and is self-sustaining. Local taxpayer funds cannot be used to subsidize the District’s operations.
In April 2017 the District completed a $14.5 million offering of Series 2017A Bonds to refinance the remaining original debt, cover 2017 capital expenditures, and complete the design work for 250 miles of construction in 2018. As of December 2017, 529 miles of fiber-optic network had been built and “lit” in parts of 21 member towns, serving about 2300 customers. ECFiber plans to continue to raise capital through the municipal bond market in 2018, 2019, and 2020, and to complete 1400 miles of network covering all underserved locations in its 24 towns by 2020.
Braintree currently has13 miles of fiber-optic cable serving 69 customers.
After a competitive process of signing up a future potential customer, thanks in no small part to the tireless efforts of former ECFiber Delegate Tim Caulfield, Braintree was selected as one of six towns to be substantially built out in 2018.
Construction in various parts of town will begin in the spring 2018 with service anticipated to be available in the fall/winter of 2018. To get on the list to receive service when it becomes available please go to www.ecfiber.net and click “sign up” today.
- Reliable high Internet speeds, which are symmetrical (same upload and download speed) and are not “up to” as offered by other providers.
- Simple, stable pricing with no contracts, fine print, or data caps. Over the last two years, ECFiber has increased its speeds but not its prices.
- Local and personable customer service. Phones are answered by an employee during business hours without an automated queue.
- Local ownership and control – governing board members meet monthly to set policy and are actively involved in promoting ECFiber within the community.
- Valued community services. For example, ECFiber offers over 25 community anchor institutions (schools, town facilities, and libraries) its highest level of service for its lowest monthly fee.
Braintree is looking for a second delegate to the ECFiber governing board. No technology experience required! Just a willingness to help bring high-speed internet to Braintree. Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at the Vermont Law School. For more information contact Braintree’s ECFiber Delegate, Jackson Evans at email@example.com or 728-6170.