Wi-Fi Hot Spot Project

Updated January 25, 2021: Although the state-funded effort is over, a national organization, the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC), has offered to donate and install additional Wi-Fi hot spots around the state.  In response to COVID-19, ITDRC established projectConnect, a nationwide effort to provide free community Wi-Fi installations to connect students and families to the internet, especially those living in rural and underserved communities. They have agreed to help the state fill our unmet internet service needs free of cost. A town office, library, general store, or other community space that would like to host a Wi-Fi hot spot can submit a request to the ITDRC directly. Each request will be evaluated for need, sustainability, and community impact.

Official Public Wi-Fi Hot Spots as of Dec 23, 2020

Prior to the widespread closure of facilities due to the COVID-19 outbreak, medical providers and their patients, and students and their teachers, customarily met in person in offices and classrooms. COVID-19 and social distancing requirements have necessitated telehealth consultations and teleschooling/remote learning that, under non-pandemic circumstances, could have been conducted – if necessary and unavailable at home – via internet connections inside a library, coffee shop, or other public internet access point. The need for ubiquitous access to high-speed internet connections for healthcare, education, and government services has grown exponentially while existing public access points have become suddenly unavailable due to social distancing requirements.

The Vermont Department of Public Service addressed this emergency gap and prevented additional harm by contracting for the rapid installation of 190 commercial-grade outdoor Wireless Access Points around the state of Vermont that are accessible by vehicle in order to facilitate this emergency provision of adequate wireless internet and Wi-Fi calling services for telehealth, contact tracing, distance learning, e-government, remote working, and other COVID-19-related needs.

Phase 1: Identifying Wi-Fi Hotspots 
Phase 2: Microsoft/RTO Wireless Access Point Donation (35 Sites)
Phase 3: State of Vermont Wi-Fi Hotspot Program

List of All Official Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

Phase 1: Identifying Wi-Fi Hotspots

The Department prepared a map of public buildings in Vermont where WiFi with access to the internet is publicly available as a resource for remote learning and working from home. These sites are accessible at all hours from a parked vehicle on the road or parking lot.  As a COVID-19 safety precaution, we discourage users from entering the premises or congregating outside.  These sites should be accessed from within a parked vehicle. This information was compiled through an email survey of schools, libraries, and town offices conducted in March 2020. 

Note: The map on the left and the list below may not be complete.

PUBLIC HOTSPOT MAP

Phase 2: Microsoft/RTO Wireless Access Point Donation

On April 16, 2020, Governor Phil Scott and the Department of Public Service announced an innovative collaboration with several partners that will increase internet access by means of public Wi-Fi hotspots for dozens of rural towns in Vermont.

“Broadband remains a critical resource for Vermonters in rural areas to stay connected and work and learn remotely during our Stay Home, Stay Safe period…. We are grateful to our partners at Microsoft, RTO Wireless and Up And Running I.T. for their assistance in providing this important service,” said Governor Scott.

“Microsoft approached RTO Wireless about teaming up on deploying free public Wi-Fi at venues located in rural communities that lack sufficient broadband coverage,” said RTO’s CEO Steve Hubbard. “Microsoft offered to fund the purchase and installation of the hotspot devices.” 

Consumers expressed their gratitude at finally being able to have access to reliable broadband service: 

  • "Wheelock is a small rural town of 850 people in Caledonia County. The new Wi-Fi Hot Spot installed at Wheelock  Town Hall on April 11, 2020 is our first Hot Spot in the town, and we know it is making a difference.”
  • "I believe in miracles! Justin came and installed the hotspot – and now there is cell reception at the [Huntington] Recreation Field and the adjacent parking lot that also serves the Town Office - Fire Station - Town Garage complex."  
  • Letter of thanks from Town of Highgate to RTO Wireless

Phase 3: State of Vermont Wi-Fi Hotspot Program

Underserved Students by Supervisory Union

The Wireless Access Points have been deployed based on the following criteria

- Are there existing quality Wi-Fi hotspots in the community?

- Does the school district have a large number of households without broadband access?

- Is the location in a town center without cell service? The devices allow Wi-Fi calling.

- Does access exist in the community but is not affordable?

-- Has the Regional Planning Commission or Communications Union District identified a need for an equipment upgrade at a location.

- Is there a special-use case, such as a shelter or the community gathering space for a high-risk population?

- Did the site request a hotspot during Phase 2 that was unable to be honored?

- Will the site gain new connectivity as a result of a Connectivity Initiative award?

- Variety of available Wi-Fi sites.  Schools may not be available for public access when in session.

- Is the location a regional center or a geographically distinct village within a town

List of Wi-Fi Hotspots Deployed

Albany - Albany Methodist Church
906 Main St
Alburgh - Alburgh Community Education Center
45 Champlain St
Alburgh - Alburgh Public Library
128 S Main St
Alburgh - Islands In The Sun Senior Center
547 Main Street
Andover - Andover Town Clerk/Treasurer
953 Weston Andover Rd
Arlington - Arlington Town Office
3828 VT-7A
Athens - Athens Town Office
25 Brookline Rd
Bakersfield - Bakersfield Town Offices
40 East Bakersfield Road
Barnard - Barnard General Store
6134 VT-12
Barnet - Barnet Library
147 Church St
Barre - Hilltop Inn
Hilltop Inn 3472 Airport Road
Barre - Hollowinn and motel
278 south main street
Barre City - Barre City
6 N Main St
Barre City - Downstreet Apartments
22 Keith Avenue
Barre Town - Aldrich Public Library, York Branch, East Barre
134 Mill Street
Barton - Barton Town Office
34 Main St
Barton - Village Municipal Building
17 Village Sq.
Barton Village - Barton Village Municipal Building
17 Village Sq.
Belvidere - Belvidere Central School
4515 Vt Route 109
Bennington - Bennington High LLC
650 Main Street
Bennington - Bennington Housing Authority
22 Willowbrook Dr.
Bennington - Train Station Depot
2 Depot St
Benson - Benson Public Library
2724 Stage Road
Berkshire - Berkshire Town Office
 
Bolton - Bolton U-Haul
3608 Theodore Roosevelt Hwy
Brandon - Brandon Town Hall
1 Conant Sq
Brattleboro - Hayes Court Apartments
50 Garfield Drive
Bridgewater - Bridgewater Community Center
7313 US Route 4
Brownington - Orleans County Historical Society/Old Stone House Museum
109 Old Stone House Road
Burke - Burke Town Office Building
212 School Street
Burke - Burke Town School
3293 Burke Hollow Rd
Burke - West Burke Library
West Burke Village Library rt5 West Burke
Burlington - Ruggles House
262 South Prospect St
Cabot - Cabot Commons Apartments
36 Glinka Road
Cabot - Cabot Public Library
3084 Main St.
Calais - Calais General Store
4520 Vt Route 14
Cambridge - Cambridge Town Offices
85 Church St
Cambridge - Deer Run Motor Inn - Shelter
80 Deer Run Loop
Cambridge - Jeffersonville Market
49 Old Main St
Canaan - Alice M. Ward Memorial Library Canaan VT
27 Park Street, PO Box 134
Castleton - Castelton Village Store
583 Main St
Castleton - Castleton Free Library
638 Main St
Charleston - Charleston Elementary School
255 Center School Rd
Charleston - Scampi’s Store
1155 Vt-105
Charlotte - Charlotte Spear's Corner Store
20 Jackson Hill Rd
Chelsea - Chelsea Public Library
296 VT RTE 110
Chelsea - Chelsea Public School
6 School Street
Chittenden - Wooden Barrel Country Store
231 Chittenden Rd
Concord - Concord School
173 School St
Corinth - Corinth Town Hall
1387 Cookeville Road
Corinth - East Corinth Blake Memorial Library
676 Village Road
Corinth - East Corinth General Store
8392 Vt Route 25
Cornwall - Town of Cornwall, Cornwall Free Public Library
2629 Route 30
Coventry - Coventry Elementary School
348 Us Route 5
Craftsbury - Craftsbury Public Library
0 Church Lane, P.O. Box 74
Danville - Pope Memorial Library - Danville
121 Park Street
Dover - East Dover
22 Holland Road, Suite 1
Dummerston - Lydia Taft Pratt Library Dummerston VT
150 West St.
East Haven - East Haven Community Building
64 Community Building Rd
Elmore - Elmore United Methodist Church
1081 Vt Route 12
Enosburg Falls - Enosburgh Mesonic Temple
21 Missisquoi St
Enosburg Falls - Enosburgh Town Office
239 Main Street
Enosburgh - Enosburgh Falls PSB
83 Sampsonville Rd
Essex Junction - Brownell Library
6 Lincoln St
Essex Juntion - Whitcomb Woods
128 West St
Fairfax - Fairfax Town Offices
12 Buck Hollow Rd
Fairfield - Bent Northrop Memorial Library
164 Park St
Fayston - Faysten Municipal Building and Park and Ride
866 N Fayston Rd
Ferdinand - Office of Unified Towns and Gore
233 Vt Route 105
Ferrisburgh - Ferrisburg Central School
56 Little Chicago Rd
Gilman - Lunenburg/Gilman Schools
2720 River Road
Glover - Glover Town Office
51 Bean Hill Rd
Grafton - Grafton Public Library
204 Main Street
Grand Isle - Grand Isle School
224 Us Route 2
Groton - Groton Community Housing
1334 Scott Highway
Groton - Groton Town Clerks
1476 Scott Hwy
Guilford - Guilford Town Office
236 School Road
Hardwick - Depot Street, Hardwick VT (location includes Hardwick Town House, Historical Society Museum & Trail Head for the LVRT)
127 CHURCH ST.
Highgate - Highgate Library and Community Center
17 Mill Hill Road
Highgate - Highgate Town Office Complex
2996 Vt Route 78
Huntington - Huntington Town Office & Fire Station
2156 Main Rd
Hyde Park - Vermont Center for Independent Living
239 Brook Rd
Irasburg - Leach Public Library, Irasburg Common
130 Park Ave
Isle La Motte - Isle La Motte Elementary
42 School St Ext
Jamaica - Jamaica Town Office
 
Jay - Jay Westfield Joint Elementary School
257 Revoir Flat Rd
Jericho - JeriHill Senior Housing
31 JeriHill Ln
Johnson - Johnson Town Office
293 Lower Main St W
Johnson - Johnson's Sterling Market
131 Lower Main St.
Johnson - Sterling Market
131 Lower Main St.
Killington - Killington Visitors Center
 
Landgrove - Landgrove Town Offices
88 Landgrove Rd
Lemington - Lemington Town Offices
2549 Vt Route 102
Lincoln - Town of Lincoln
62 Quaker St.
Londonderry - Londonderry Town Office
100 Old School Street
Lowell - Town of Lowell Clerks Office
2170 VT RTE 100
Lunenburg - Gilman Middle School
2720 River Rd
Lunenburg - Lunenburg Elementary School
49 Bobbin Mill Rd
Lyndon - Lyndon Town School
2591 Lily Pond Rd
Marlboro - Marlboro Elementary School
2669 Vt Route 9
Marlboro - Marlboro Town Office and/or Community Center
510 and/or 524 South Road
Marshfield - Marshfield Village Store
1425 Us Route 2
Monkton - Monkton Central School
1036 Monkton Rd
Montgomery - Montgomery PSB
86 Mountain Rd
Montpelier - City of Montpelier- Municipal Building
39 Main Street
Montpelier - Riverstation Apartments
191 Barre Street
Montpelier - Family Center of Washington County
383 Sherwood Drive
MORRISVILLE - Morristown Centenial Library
7 Richmond Street, P O BOX 727
Mount Holly - Mount Holly Library
26 Maple Hill Road
New Haven - Beeman Elementary School
50 North St
Newark - Newark Street School
1448 Newark St
Newfane - Moore Free Library
23 West St
North Hero - North Hero Town Office and School
6441 Us Route 2
Norton - Lake View Store
4531 VT Rt 114 East
Norton - Norton Town Office
12 Vt-114
Norwich - Beaver Meadow School House Association
246 Chapel Hill Road
Norwich - Norwich Farmers Market
301 Us Route 5 S
Orwell - Orwell Free Library
473 Main Street
Panton - Panton Town Hall Parking Lot and Park & Ride Lot
3176 Jersey St
Pawlet - Pawlet Public Library
141 School St
Peacham - Peacham Library
656 Bayley Hazen Rd
Peru - Peru Town Office
402 Main St
Pittsford - Keith's Country Store Inc
4085 RT 7
Pittsford - Pittsford Village Farm
42 Elm St.
Plainfield - Plainfield Town Clerk
149 Main St.
Pomfret - Pomfret Town Hall
5218 Pomfret Rd
Poultney - Poultney Village Office
98 Depot Street
Poultney - Town of Poultney Young at Heart Senior Center
206 Furnace Street
Poultney - East Poultney General Store
11 on the Green
Poultney - Poultney Town Office
9 Main Street
Pownal - Pownal Valley Central Fire Station
253 VT-346
Proctorsville - Cavendish Fletcher Community Library
573 Main Street
Putney - Putney Public Library
55 Main St.
Readsboro - The St. Joachim Space
342 Tunnel St.
Richford - Richford Town Offices
94 Main St
Richmond - Richmond Free Library
201 Bridge Street
Ripton - Ripton Town Office & Community House
1311 Vt Route 125
Rochester - Huntington House/Town Green
19 Huntington Place
Rochester - Rochester Public School
220 S Main St
Roxbury - Roxbury Free Library
1491 Roxbury Rd
Rupert - The Sheldon Store
2824 Route 153
Rutland - HIckory Street Housing
15 Juneberr Lane
Ryegate - Ryegate Town Clerk
18 S Bayley Hazen Rd
Saint George - St George Town Offices
21 Barber Rd
Sandgate - Sandgate Town Hall
3266 Sandgate Rd
Saxtons River - Saxtons River Elementary School
15 School St
Sheffield - Sheffield Municipal Building
37 Dane Rd
Sheldon - Sheldon Fire Department
479 Mill Street
Shoreham - Platt Memorial Library - Shoreham
279 Main St.
South Hero - Folsom Community Center
75 South St
Springfield - Black River Innovation Campus
60 Park Street
St. Albans - Four Winds Senior Housing
145 North Elm Street
St. Johnsbury - Mountain View Housing
125 Mountain View Drive
Stannard - Stannard Town Offices
615 Stannard Mountain Rd
Starksboro - Robinson Elementary School
41 Parsonage Rd
Stockbridge - Stockbridge Central School
2933 VT Route 107
Stowe - Stowe Free Library
90 Pond Street
Strafford - Newton School
243 VT-132
Stratton - Stratton Town Clerk
9 W Jamaica Rd
Sudbury - Sudbury Country School
31 Schoolhouse Rd
Sunderland - Sunderland Town Office Building
104 Mountain View Rd
Sutton - Sutton Town Office
167 Underpass Rd
Swanton - Swanton Public Library
1 First St.
Thetford - Thetford Town Hall
3910 Vt Route 113
Topsham - Gramps Country Store
486 Vt Route 25
Tunbridge - Tunbridge School
 
Tunbridge - Tunbridge Town Offices
271 Vt-110
Vergennes - Bixby Memorial Free Library - Vergennes
258 Main Street
Vernon - Vernon Free Library
567 Governor Hunt Rd
Walden - Walden School
135 Cahoon Farm Rd
Waltham - Waltham Town Offices
2053 Maple St
Wardsboro - Wardsboro Town Hall & Library
71 Main St
Waterbury - Anderson Field - Recreation Building
27 Butler St.
Waterbury Center - Green Mountain Seminary Apartments
201 Hollow Road
Waterford - Waterford School
276 Duck Pond Rd
West Fairlee - West Fairlee Town Hall
870 RTE 113
West Rutland, VT - West Rutland School
713 Main St
Westford - Red Brick Meeting House - Westford
1685 Vt Route 128
Westford - Westford Country Store and Cafe
26 Common Road
Westminster - Westminster Institute
3534 U.S. Route 5
Weston - Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
12 Park Street
Wheelock - Wheelock Town Offices
1192 Vt Route 122
Williamstown - Ainsworth Public Library
2338 VT Route 14
Wilmington - Pettee Memorial Library
16 South Main St.
Windham - Windham Meeting House
6984 Windham Hill Rd
Windsor - Main St. Windsor
54 Main St
Windsor - Mascoma Bank - Main St
105 Main Street
Winhall - Winhall Memorial Library
2 Lower Taylor Hill Road
Winooski - Winooski Memorial Library
32D Malletts Bay Avenue
Wolcott - Wolcott Town Office
28 Railroad St
Woodbury - Woodbury Town Clerk's Office
1672 Vt Rt 14