Vermont telephone company offering $35-per-month gigabit internet service


Google Fiber has certainly raised awareness — and interest in — gigabit internet access, and several companies beyond the search provider are working on spreading the high-speed networks across the US. Vermont Telephone Co. (known as VTel) is one of those: it’s now offering a gigabit internet service for $ 35. The telephone company has been working on building out a fiber network direct to its customers’ homes since it won a $ 81 million grant from the USDA as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2010. The company plans to replace all of its current customers’ DSL connections with fiber service by the end of the year for no extra cost — hence the $ 35-per-month price tag.

The company serves 17,500 Vermont homes, a…

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