VTel Fiber Reaches 4,000th Rural Vermont Home

  • VTel
HARDWICK, VT — VTel, which operates a four-state optical fiber network from Vermont to New York City, Boston and Montreal, launched VTel’s GigE Active Fiber service to 14 towns and villages in southern Vermont, with 4,000 of VTel’s 16,000 homes now connected. VTel Fiber is offering 1 Gbps Internet-to-home speeds and high-definition television:

  • VTel’s fiber-to-the-home project is bringing ultra-fast Internet to over 16,000 homes and businesses in Southern Vermont.

  • VTel’s pricing for Gigabit Fiber is among the lowest in the country.

  • VTel’s broadband adoption rate for Internet amongst VTel customers with fiber is over 83 percent, one of the highest in the world.

  • Ookla ranks VTel’s download speeds #1 in Vermont, at over twice next ranked speed, and over four times the national average, dramatically raising the state average as a whole.

  • VTel’s state-of-the-art video head-end offers hundreds of channels of video over IPTV - the robust new standard of video delivery.

  • VTel offers high-definition voice calling to all VTel telephone customers, at no additional cost.

  • VTel’s partnership with Google has provided VTel with over 400 Chromebooks to distribute to economically challenged households and first-time Internet users in Vermont.


In 2010, VTel received awards through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, administered by Rural Utilities Service and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, to build fiber-to-the-home to 16,000 homes and businesses in its service footprint, wireless broadband to much of rural Vermont, and fiber statewide to serve community anchor institutions like schools and hospitals.
“We are tremendously excited by the prospect of integrating GigE fiber technology pioneered by Google, and 100 Meg wireless technology pioneered by Sprint, to serve rural Vermont homes,” said Justin Robinson, chief technology officer for VTel.

 

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