- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Public Service is seeking proposals to provide broadband Internet service to 1,700 remote, underserved parts of the state.

The request for proposal that’s part of the Connectivity Initiative passed last year, will provide $963,500 in grants to help Internet service providers expand service to those areas.

The lowest acceptable speed for funding under the proposal is 10 megabits-per-second download and 1 megabit upload.

Public Service Commissioner Christopher Recchia says the goal is to increase the speed and quality of broadband service in Vermont’s hardest-to-reach areas. He says any technology will be accepted as long as it meets the minimum service characteristics.

The state of Vermont is working to ensure that everyone in the state has high speed Internet access.

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