Worth Knowing: ECFiber has raised another $8.5M in bonds to extend fiber-optic network in Upper Valley

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The East Central Vermont Telecommunications District, aka ECFiber, announced this week that it has successfully raised another $8.5M of bonding to extend its fiber-optic internet network in several member towns. 

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At this point ECFiber has over 600 miles of fiber-optic cable serving approximately 2,900 customers, spread across 21 of its 24 member towns. Construction is 95% or more complete in the first six towns selected for border-to-border coverage, which were Barnard, Pittsfield, Pomfret, Strafford, Thetford and West Windsor. Six more towns selected for full coverage in 2018 (Braintree, Brookfield, Granville, Hancock, Rochester and Stockbridge) are now in various stages of construction.

Later in 2018, ECFiber will also build a fiber route through Woodstock to Barnard, connecting the network segment in West Windsor directly to the main network.

Meanwhile, ECFiber announced that four additional towns, Royalton, Sharon, Tunbridge and Vershire have been selected for complete network builds in 2019 and that it will build an additional 80 miles of network in unserved areas of the remaining towns from which it's received considerable interest.

Residents and businesses in these and all other member towns are encouraged to sign up for internet service via online subscription at www.ecfiber.net/subscribe. There is no cost or obligation to take service, but the subscriptions received will help ECFiber plan for installations and new network construction. You can learn more about ECFiber on its website.

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