By Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A judge is considering whether to save Vermont’s decades-old videoconferencing system.

Vermont Interactive Technologies is expected to be dismantled on Jan. 1.

Vermont Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/1O9zuhx ) that a preliminary injunction hearing was held Tuesday in Montpelier. Vermont Telecommunications chief Jim Porter told the judge that the equipment is funded until January and that it should be placed in a warehouse until lawmakers can come up with a long-term solution.

Stephen Whitaker, an advocate for public access and information technology, sued to save the system.

He says no one knows enough about the equipment to properly take it apart, and there is no documentation on its wiring or operation.



Whitaker also says without the system, the state will not have an effective method for holding statewide public hearings.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net

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