Hartford is a member of ECFiber, the trade name of the East Central Vermont Telecommunications District municipality, and the very first Communications Union District ever in Vermont. 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 and make-ready for 250 miles of construction in 2018. As of Dec 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. ECFiber is pleased to offer:
- Reliable high Internet speeds, which are symmetrical (the same in each direction) and are not “up to” as offered by other providers. In 2017 ECFiber continued its practice of raising speeds but not prices, by announcing that the District’s tiers of service would now be set at 17/40/200/700 Mbps.
- 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.
During 2018, ECFiber will be designing network expansion in Hartford in support of bringing service to the Joe Ranger Road neighborhood in Pomfret (and possibly southwestern West Hartford or the west edge of Quechee, depending on the route selected), the Jericho neighborhood (and by virtue of the route West Hartford north of the White River), and downtown White River Junction. By the autumn of 2018, we will have a better idea of the timing for such a buildout. For the rest of Hartford, the village of Woodstock, and the city of Montpelier are all designated as well-served and will not be designed until the rest of the network is completed in 2020.
For additional information please visit ECFiber.net
F. X. Flinn, Hartford Delegate to the ECFiber Governing Board (and Vice Chairman of the Board)
Telephone: 802-369- 0069