Broadband

Washington Electric Cooperative is participating in a state-wide initiative to bring fiber optic internet (commonly referred to as 'fiber') to as many communities in our territory as possible. We are currently partnering with three Communications Union Districts (CUDs) to deploy fiber. WEC's involvement is simple. We provide the infrastructure CUDs use to deploy fiber.

WEC is not an internet service provider (ISP), even though we are assisting in bringing fiber to rural Vermont. We're still your local electrical co-op, helping the community in any way we can.

As this project grows, our members will be able to find information on WEC's progress and involvement right here on this page. So, make sure to check back every once in a while!

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CVFiber logo, courtesy of CVFiber.
Broadband Update from CVFiber’s Governing Board Chair
by Jerry Diamantides

As the season changes in Central Vermont, CVFiber is also changing from pre-design and design work to construction. I want to give the largest expression of thanks that I can to Louis Porter, Dave Kresock, and all of the WEC team that has supported CVFiber by housing our reels of fiber and working with us through the pole licensing process.

You may have already seen some of our pre-design and design workers evaluating WEC’s utility poles for placement of the fiber that will connect CVFiber’s 1,000-mile community broadband network. We are planning for construction workers to be in Calais, East Montpelier, and Worcester this Fall with the hope of getting real high-speed Internet service into homes in early 2023.

It’s important to know that CVFiber is bringing next-generation Internet speeds, capability, and capacity to Central Vermont. We’re not playing catch-up, we’re leaping ahead. Our minimum speed of 100 Mbps (Megabits per second) for downloads and uploads means that streaming video, playing on-line games, and working from home can all occur concurrently. With higher speeds up to 1 and 2 Gigabits per second that we will offer, you can add concurrent access to online education, remote work in art, design, and medical professions, telemedicine, home security, smart home devices, and more. With CVFiber, Central Vermont won’t have to upgrade Internet infrastructure for a generation or more.

Connectivity is not the end; connectivity is just the beginning. Watch our progress at cvfiber.net.

Message to Our Members

In the coming months, WEC members may see vehicles and personnel working on behalf of CVFiber on local roads. Their vehicles have CVFiber signage and crew members are wearing work vests. Contractors in the field are instructed to identify themselves when asked to by WEC members, and to get permission before going onto member property or posted property to conduct their pole inventory work. If you’re not at home, they may ask a neighbor to contact you to let you know that workers are looking to access a pole on your property.

In March, the same CVFiber pole inventory crews are scheduled to work in the WEC member towns of Orange and Washington. Later this spring, crews will be working in Barre Town, Cabot, Duxbury, Marshfield, Northfield, Plainfield, Roxbury, Williamstown, and Woodbury.

WEC and our partner CUDs, like CVFiber, require all contractors to act in a professional and workman-like manner, whether in direct contact with you or simply on the job site. They are expected to leave the areas they work in and survey clean and free of debris or other hazards. This is important to us as we continue of mission of environmental and community stewardship.

Again, if you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact the WEC office at 802-223-5245 or CVFiber at chair@cvfiber.net or 802-552-3088.

Please note: Timelines subject to change. Check back frequently for updated information.

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