In spring of 2010, the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project launched to help rural towns realize the full potential of the Internet. e-Vermont works locally to ensure best use of online resources to strengthen everything from education to government to business to community connections. We are funded through a federal program for Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA) and the matching support of local funders. We were one of only two projects nationwide to receive funding in the first round of NTIA Sustainable Broadband Adoption grants for a community based approach to adoption.
Through a competitive application process, the e-Vermont partners selected 24 rural communities from around the state to receive services between spring of 2010 and spring of 2012. Each partner provided a different area of expertise, including technology in education, small business development, public libraries, municipal government, basic Internet education, and strengthening neighborhood communications.
The e-Vermont program completed its work in June, 2012. This website shares many of the lesson learned through toolkits that provide information for anyone interested in undertaking projects similar to e-Vermont, stories from the e-Vermont communities, and an archive of webcasts from our 2011-2012 webinar series.
Details of our first year of work are found in the June, 2011, annual report. Two updates are available, the December, 2011, midyear update, and a March, 2012, addendum. A report is available from our final conference on Vermont's Digital Future.
e-Vermont is a project of the Vermont Council on Rural Development