Orford Ready for Its 250th Birthday

Orford — Orford will celebrate the 250th anniversary of its first settler next weekend with live music, picnics, a walking parade, historical re-enactments, artwork and more. A reading of the town charter and other events are scheduled for …

VTel’s Long Road to Network of 135 Antennas

The backbone of VTel’s high-speed wireless broadband system in Vermont is a network of 135 antenna sites around the state that allow users to connect with the Internet with a technology similar to that used for smartphones. The antenna structures are commonly referred to as “towers,” although in …

Volunteers Needed for Fall Walk For Cancer

Hanover — Preparations are underway for a two-mile walk to support breast cancer research and prevention in Hanover this fall, and organizers are looking for help. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is set for Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. at Storrs Pond …

VTel and Its $116 Million Vt. Promise: Five Years on, Wireless Push Leaves Many Unconnected

Springfield, Vt. — In November 2010, Cavendish Town Manager Richard Svec sent a letter of “enthusiastic support” on behalf of VTel Wireless to Washington. The letter backed VTel’s application for federal stimulus money to build a fiber-optic telecommunications …

Federal, State Grants Helped Build VTel Infrastructure

VTel has relied upon both federal and state government grants to build its telecommunications infrastructure in Vermont. The Springfield, Vt.-based company said it also has invested $100 million of its own capital in infrastructure since chief executive Michel Guite bought the company in 1993. In addition to its …

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