Vermont rural towns get wireless broadband

The Vermont Council of Rural Development is surveying communities to determine the level of interest in broadband Internet access and is working with communities and vendors to implement services, according to an article in the Times Argus. Small communities left out by cable and DSL providers can turn to the council to fund T1 lines and wireless equipment.The Vermont Council of Rural Development is surveying communities to determine the level of interest in broadband Internet access and is working with communities and vendors to implement services, according to an article in the Times Argus. Small communities left out by cable and DSL providers can turn to the council to fund T1 lines and wireless equipment.

The article cites the initiative at Island Pond, population 1,350, which is pushing ahead to bring broadband to residents and businesses. The Brighton Community Forum, Island Pond’s non-profit economic development group, hopes to form a cooperative and implement the wireless technology, which involves placing a 3-foot antenna in a church steeple or a tall building, connected to a T1 line.

The equipment and T1 line that Island Pond is hoping to install do not come cheap. They are looking at equipment costing around $50,000 to $70,000 from Alvarion, an Israeli company. Alvarion is also the vendor of choice of France Telecom which has begun a trial to bring wireless broadband to rural areas of France, as reported last July on Muniwireless.

The other significant cost for Island Pond is leasing the T1 line ($1,250 per month). The town plans to divide the T1 lease and maintenance/service costs among the subscribers, with businesses paying $130 per month and residents paying $30.

Businesses and residents in many rural areas, not just Vermont, ignored by cable and DSL providers, are asking their municipal and regional governments to help them fund the infrastructure for delivering high-speed Internet access. The European Union has made funds available for regional broadband projects such as the initiative in Andalucia, Spain. The UK also provides funding for municipal wireless projects.

Comments

  1. mark newland says

    i have a broadband project runing at the moment in andalucia spain giving other people broadband and need as much help as posible please