Royalton VT – May 11, 2016

The East Central Vermont Telecommunications District (“ECFiber”) today announced plans to provide high speed, community-owned Internet to six Vermont towns in 2017. Nearly 100%* of households and businesses in Barnard, Thetford, Strafford, West Windsor, Pomfret, and Pittsfield will have access to an optical fiber internet connection in 2017. Fiber connectivity is the most reliable, symmetrical high-speed Internet access that will meet household and business needs today and for decades to come.

ECFiber’s dedication to universal service is the most important distinction between its mission and business model and those of its competitors. Other local Internet providers generally fall into two camps, those which provide:

  1. actual high speed Internet in only the most densely populated areas (e.g., cable,) and
  2. broadly available coverage of a service which is not actually broadband high speed Internet (e.g., DSL, satellite, or wireless Internet.)

“Our mission is to build and operate a universal, open access, fiber-to-the premises network, bringing state-of-the art connectivity to every home, business and civic institution in all of our member towns and we are pleased that at last we can provide universal coverage* to six entire towns with 250 miles of new network, thanks to our recent financing,” commented Irv Thomae, District Chairman. “We plan to continue this process of covering towns which have the highest demand over the next several years until the entire District is covered.”

ECFiber chose the six towns based on the results of a pre-subscription campaign that ended on April 30. These six towns demonstrated the highest demand. Including their existing subscribers, an average of 35% of premises in the selected towns have already subscribed.

Based on experience thus far, ECFiber’s business plan anticipates that additional households and businesses will subscribe over time as service becomes available.

* Because ECFiber relies on existing utility poles to provide its services and sometimes residents are “fed” from lines that begin in other towns, there may be road segments on the outskirts of towns that the organization will need to serve at a later date.

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ECFiber is a consortium of 24 towns in East-Central Vermont. Step by step, we are building a community-owned fiber-optic network to deliver high-speed Internet to every home, business, or civic institution in our territory. ECFiber offers real, simple broadband: no contracts, no data caps, symmetrical internet access (same upload as download,) choice of speeds from 10 Mbps to 500 Mbps that do not vary by time of day or according to the weather. In addition, fully featured phone service with unlimited USA and Canada long distance calling is available.

For more information, please visit http://www.ecfiber.net or email us at info@ecfiber.net.

Contact

Irv Thomae, ECFiber District Chairman

Carole Monroe, ECFiber/ValleyNet CEO

415 Waterman Road, Royalton VT 05068

Office: (802) 763-2262