East Central Vermont Telecommunications District (ECFiber)
January 14, 2020 – Minutes
Call to Order: Meeting called to order at 7:03 p.m.
Irv called the roll and established that a quorum of member towns was present. See attached
attendance record for details.
2. Introduction of Guests
Chris Recchia (ValleyNet)
Marty Blumberg (Treasurer)
Chuck Sherman (Strafford)
Tim O’Dell (Corinth)
Mike Rice (Windsor)
3. Changes to Agenda
4. Public Comments
5. Accept December 10, 2019 Minutes
Motion to accept the minutes of the December 10, 2019 meeting. (M/Dan Childs, S/Dave Karon) –
6. Financials Update
Marty Blumberg confirmed that we had sold $10M in bonds on December 31st and have over $9M in
our construction fund.
7. Executive Committee Report
Irv reported that the detailed discussion about the phone migration will be deferred until all issues are
resolved. The committee discussed ways of improving take rate in the early months every year including
taking advantage of the Town Meetings. Dan Childs detailed effective presentation strategies based on
his past experience. All delegates will need to be reappointed in April.
8. Government Relations Update
Irv reported that the PUC Rule was adopted. The regulations encourage cooperation with pole owning
utilities such as Green Mountain Power.
9. Construction and Operations Update
Chris informed that the customer count was close to December 2019 and provided an overview of the
phone service migration. Issues effecting multiple customers have all been resolved and the individual
issues are being worked through. An RFP will be completed by the end of the month.
Six construction crews are working on new builds. All railroad permits have been granted and
can now be scheduled. Chris expects that all towns except for Hartford will be up and running
by Fall of 2020.
10. Expansion Committee Report
Dan Childs reported on the first meeting of the committee. Expansion into some areas are consistent
with our mission. Expanding the network helps create redundancy and additional connections for the
existing network. Chris Recchia will research where and if it makes sense to expand in neighboring
territories. Irv referenced CUD law allowing us to build into adjacent unserved areas. F.X. raised
concerns over whether this would disrupt build into Hartford.
11. Old Business
12. New Business
Motion to adjourn at 8:47 p.m. (M/Dan Leavitt, S/Betty Warner) – passed
Note: The next Governing Board meeting is February 11, 2020.