The Public Service Department through its Division for Telecommunications and Connectivity offers its fourth round of grant funding under the Connectivity Initiative to deploy broadband to under-served communities throughout Vermont. Applications for funding from the Connectivity Initiative are open to Internet service providers (ISPs). In 2015, $886,000 was awarded from the Connectivity Initiative . In the first round of 2016, $556,000 was awarded and $550,550 was awarded in the second round. In the 2018 round, $220,000 will be available. There are 16,909 conditionally eligible locations.