ECFiber Encourages Towns to Join Nascent Communications Districts
Royalton, VT – February 26, 2020 Contact: Irv Thomae, Chair, ECFiber (802) 649-5617
Next week, voters at more than 35 Town Meetings across Vermont will decide whether to join new Communications Union Districts (“CUDs”). As the state’s first CUD, the East Central Vermont Telecommunications District (“ECFiber”) believes that an update on our status will encourage other groups of towns to adopt the CUD approach to rural broadband.
ValleyNet Celebrates 25, 2, 42, 1000, and 4000
(25 Years, 2 Districts, facilitating over $42M of Financing for 1000 Miles of Fiber covering 4000+ Customers – to date)
12/30/19 – Royalton,VT
ValleyNet celebrated its 25th Birthday in November – our non-profit mission is to facilitate universal and effective Internet access. Our tagline is “Lux Lucet in Deserto” – A Light Shining in the Wilderness (with apologies to Dartmouth College), evoking the importance of high speed fiber Internet service to interconnect our rural communities.
ValleyNet Hires Christopher Recchia as Managing Director
ValleyNet, ECFiber’s implementation partner, announced today that it has chosen a new Managing Director, Christopher Recchia, of Randolph, VT. Chris brings a wealth of non-profit and telecom regulatory experience, most notably as the head of Vermont’s Department of Public Service from 2012-2017. “ValleyNet and ECFiber have created a now-proven model for expanding quality high-speed broadband to rural New England and I look forward to expanding its availability to other areas, as well as bringing ECFiber’s network to its full potential,” Chris stated.
Vermont Legislature Eyes ECFiber As Model For Community-Based Broadband Build-out
[VPR.org] As lawmakers look for ways to get more Vermonters connected with high-speed broadband, they’re increasingly turning to community-based solutions. ECFiber, a nonprofit in the Upper Valley, has paved the way.
In Vermont, High-Speed Internet for All Gets More Likely: Rural towns create high-speed Internet service where commercial ISPs and the state don’t deliver
[U.S. News & World Report] MONTPELIER, VT.—IT’S A familiar scene in rural Vermont: Cars cluster after hours outside libraries or cafés that offer Wi-Fi – residents sponging internet service that they can’t get at home. A mom brings her middle-schooler, who finishes his homework with notebooks and a laptop laid out in the back seat. An investor pulls up to do some online trading. People download movies to watch at home.
In Vermont, High-Speed Internet for All Gets More Likely
3/11/19 – Royalton, VT
[U.S. News & World Report] A community-based startup in east-central Vermont [ECFiber], combined with creative policy-making at the state level, is improving the prospect of universal coverage – and changing the lives of people who are getting connected.
ValleyNet Announces Search for Managing Director
10/30/18 – Royalton, VT
Carole Monroe, ValleyNet’s CEO has announced her retirement in early 2019. ValleyNet’s board is undertaking a search for a new Managing Director/CEO. The board thanks Carole for her exemplary management of the organization and the further development of its employees and capabilities.
“ValleyNet Email is Dead, Long Live ValleyNet”; ValleyNet Celebrates 10 Years of Facilitating ECFiber’s Success
9/7/18 – Royalton, VT
ValleyNet wishes to remind the Upper Valley that it is still alive and kicking (despite the recent announcement by FirstLight that it is discontinuing service to former ValleyNet email account holders.)
When ValleyNet divested its dial-up accounts and email addresses to SoverNet (now FirstLight) in 2006, it “pivoted” to bringing universally available broadband to the region (see ‘History.’) Since 2008, ValleyNet has been assisting the East Central Vermont Telecommunications District (“ECFiber”) in financing, building and operating its fiber-to-the-home network in 24 Vermont municipalities. ECFiber now has close to 700 miles of optical fiber network and will soon add its 3,000th customer!