Despite wide agreement that broadband internet access is crucial to the state's economic development, more than a quarter of Vermont residents are on the wrong side of that digital divide. We're talking about the scale of the challenge and what's being considered to deliver broadband to the state's rural areas, including a new bill that would help towns figure out how to make their own pushes for broadband projects.
Joining us are:
- VPR's John Dillon, who has been covering efforts to increase the state's access to broadband.
- Democratic State Rep. Tim Briglin of Thetford, chair of the House Committee on Energy and Technology, which has drafted a bill to address broadband access.
- Katherine Sims, director of the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative, an organization working to improve economic and community development in the NEK.
Broadcast live on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.