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Town Meeting on Affordable Broadband Access for Vermonters

Senator Bernie Sanders will host a town meeting on the future of broadband in Vermont at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 25 at Judd Hall on the campus of Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, Vt.

Who: Sen. Bernie Sanders; Jonathan Adelstein, administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service; and Michel Guite, president of Vermont Telephone Company.

What: Town Meeting on Affordable Broadband Access for Vermoners

When: 10 a.m., Saturday, September 25, 2010

Event Contact: Senator Sanders’ office at 1-800-339-9834

This event is free and open to the public. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in the discussion.

Sanders will be joined at the meeting by Jonathan Adelstein, administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service. Adelstein previously served for nearly seven years as a member of the Federal Communications Commission.

Also attending will be Michel Guite, president of Vermont Telephone Company of Springfield, Vt. which has committed to providing wireless, high-speed broadband to residents in each of Vermont’s unserved areas. This project is a significant part of the $172 million in federal grants and loans Vermont has been awarded to move forward in providing access to affordable broadband service throughout the state.

Sanders believes that affordable broadband access is key to economic growth in Vermont’s future. While he welcomes the substantial federal investment in the state, he believes federally-funded efforts must provide affordable access to broadband and be done in a timely and transparent manner.

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