Advisory Board Meets May 21 to Discuss Draft Emergency Broadband Action Plan

13 May 2020

Vermont Telecommunications and Connectivity Advisory Board will hold its monthly meeting on May 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  This meeting will be conducted as a Skype webcast and teleconference, in accordance with changes to the Vermont Open Meeting Law made in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of the public are encouraged to join the meeting by weblink or telephone:

Weblink:  https://meet.lync.com/vermontgov-vermont/clay.purvis/7ZLPCM4F

Telephone: (802) 552-8456.  The Conference Number is: 156 203 760 (followed by the “#” sign).

The Department of Public Service will present the Draft for Public Comment of its Emergency Broadband Action Plan. The draft plan lays out a strategy and action steps for how to get internet service to the nearly 70,000 business and residential locations, or about 23% of the state, that presently do not have access at speeds at or above 25/3 Mbps (the current federal definition of “broadband”).

The Department developed this plan in preparation for future federal aid to support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. It also proposes using a reverse auction model to achieve universal broadband in comparatively short order. The plan can be found on the Department of Public Service webpage here: https://publicservice.vermont.gov/content/emergency-broadband-action-plan

In addition to the upcoming Telecommunications and Connectivity Advisory Board meeting, the Department welcomes the public to provide written comments by email to psd.telecom@vermont.gov, or by mailing comments to the Department of Public Service, Telecommunications & Connectivity, 112 State St. Montpelier, VT 05620-2601. Comments will be accepted through May 26, 2020.