- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

SHARON, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Public Service Department has announced completion of a new fiber optic line from Sharon to Pomfret that is expected to expand high-speed Internet service in east-central Vermont.

The department’s Division for Telecommunications and Connectivity says the 14-mile line will enable local service provider EC Fiber to bring high-speed Internet service to about 95 more homes and businesses in the area, with more expected in the future.

The state will retain some of the fiber, which will be open to commercial users interested in leasing fiber strands.

In 2015, the Division for Telecommunications and Connectivity was created for the purpose of promoting and expanding access to high speed Internet to underserved locations in Vermont. All state-owned fiber is open-access and available for lease.

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