Orange County Fiber Optic Connector Project

The Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) is investing in the construction of fiber optic cable along 36 miles of key routes in Orange County and a neighboring portion of northern Windsor County. Some of the most significant concentrations of homes and business that do not yet have access to broadband are in these areas.

The VTA is authorized to spend up to $800,000 to plan and construct the dark fiber project which will be “lit” upon completion by broadband and mobile service providers. The providers will lease strands of fiber from the VTA. Funding for the project was made possible by an appropriation by the Legislature in the FY2012 Capital Budget.

Project Purpose

The state’s capital investment in the VTA project will enable service providers to cost-effectively reach into communities along the project’s route. Multiple providers will be able to offer service to broadband customers, as well as connect their own broadband or cellular network facilities to state and regional telecommunications networks.

Where Will the Fiber Be Installed?

Sections of Vermont Routes 110, 113 and 132 in the Towns of Chelsea, Vershire, West Fairlee, Thetford, Strafford, and Sharon will be included in the fiber optic route.

Project Status

Construction is complete. Testing is scheduled to be complete by the end of March, 2014.