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Tech help for job hunters renewed
As seen in the Times Argus: http://www.timesargus.com/article/20160229/NEWS01/160229640/0/NEWS05 MONTPELIER — Job seekers who are computer-challenged have a new technology tool at their fingertips...
e-Vermont Toolkits
e-Vermont built resources for communities & individuals who want to make better use of broadband tools in a variety of sectors. These toolkits present resources created in the course of...
e-Vermont Community: Middlesex
e-Vermont initiatives in Middlesex were spearheaded by the Town Meeting Solutions Committee in conjunction with the Rumney School, town government, and other organizations. In one short year, the...
e-Vermont Community: Grand Isle
e-Vermont initiatives in Grand Isle County were spearheaded by the Lake Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce and a group of interested citizens representing town government, local businesses, non-...
e-Vermont Community: Canaan
e-Vermont initiatives in Canaan and Norton were spearheaded by representatives from the Towns of Norton and Canaan, the Essex North Supervisory Union, Alice M. Ward Memorial Library, and local...
e-Vermont Community: Cambridge
e-Vermont initiatives in Cambridge were spearheaded by a diverse cross-section of the community’s artists and businesses – Cambridge Artists and Entrepreneurs (CAE) – as well as representatives from...
e-Vermont Community: Bristol
e-Vermont Initiatives in Bristol were spearheaded by a small, but productive team representing town government, local businesses, library, non-profits, schools, and public access television. In one...
e-Vermont Community: Brighton
e-Vermont initiatives in Brighton were spearheaded by representatives from the North Country Supervisory Union, Brighton Elementary School, Town of Brighton, Island Pond Public Library, Island Pond...
e-Vermont Communities
From 2010-2012, e-Vermont partners worked with 24 rural Vermont communities to help them make best use of available broadband resources. In each town, VCRD Community Directors collaborated with local...
Webcasts
Webinars are a great tool for bringing an expert (virtually) into your house for instruction on an important topic. The e-Vermont Community Broadband Project webinars were recorded and can be viewed...
e-Vermont
About e-Vermont From 2010 to 2012, the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project helped rural towns realize the full potential of the Internet. e-Vermont worked locally to ensure best use of online...
Vermont's New Front Porch
By Helen Labun Jordan, published in the Daily Yonder For over a decade, the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) has rallied rural communities to identify and act on key local concerns. These...
Opening School Computer Labs to the Community
At the start of the 2012 school year, Mount Abraham High School opened the school library and its computers to the public in early evenings, Monday through Thursday. During the summer they sorted out...
Mount Abe opens computer labs to community
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School has launched an impressive array of educational programs in the past few weeks. With support from an e-Vermont grant, which supports computer literacy in...
eVermont Leaves Legacy of Help, Tools
By Wayne Hanson All good things must end, the saying goes, and eVermont, a stimulus-funded program of the Vermont Council on Rural Development -- designed to increase broadband adoption in rural...
2012 Beginner Friendly Website Contest - Winning Entry
Congratulations to Lars Hasselblad Torres, the winner of the 2012 Beginner Friendly Website Design contest. Our panel of judges selected Lars' entry because they felt it best exemplified innovation...
Website Design Contest Winner Announced: Innovative Contest Provides New Tools for Digital Literacy
MONTPELIER, VT - A winner has been chosen in the Beginner Friendly Website Design contest organized by the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project. Lars Hasselblad Torres, a freelance web designer who...
Designing Beginner Friendly Websites
This toolkit offers best practices for designing websites with Internet beginners in mind. The section "Why Design for Internet Beginners?" provides more details on the types of websites experiencing...
Jordan Commentary: Closing the digital divide in Vermont
Editor’s note: This op-ed is by Helen Labun Jordan, project director of the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project at the Vermont Council on Rural Development. Find their work online at www.e4vt.org...
Press Release: New Resources Available for Community Broadband Use
(MONTPELIER, VT) – The Vermont Council on Rural Development is sharing toolkits and lessons learned from the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project. These resources will help rural communities in...
e-Vermont broadband effort benefited towns
Putting broadband to work for Vermont was the directive of e-Vermont, an initiative seeking to expand access to and make better use of high speed Internet throughout all parts of the state. Locally,...
Helen Labun Jordan Commentary ~ Is the Internet relevant?
Is the Internet relevant? The quick answer to that question is yes, very relevant, to all of us. For many Vermonters the answer is that the Internet isn’t just relevant, it’s vital. But not...
Final Report - Conclusions and Acknowledgements
Conclusions Broadband opens up unprecedented opportunities for Vermonters. With access to people and information anywhere in the world, we can broaden the reach of business, education, and social...
Final Report - Preface
The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) works with Vermont communities to identify local priorities and rally residents behind those goals. Since the year 2000, we heard the call from rural...
Final Report - Accessing the Online World
Introduction e-Vermont worked in towns that had already received near-complete, or complete, coverage of high speed Internet available to households. However, even with basic infrastructure in place...
Final Report - Growing Vermont Businesses Online
Broadband Basics for Business An e-Vermont advisor with the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) focused on online tools and businesses in e-Vermont towns. By June 2012, this advisor...
Final Report - Teaching Internet Basics
Workshops Instructors from the Vermont State Colleges (VSC) offered a range of basic digital skills workshops in e-Vermont communities. VSC presented more than 60 workshops, supplemented with a...
Final Report - Online Tools for Real World Communications
Neighborhood Conversations Vermont communities are looking to online tools to improve communications, but also worry that too much time in the online world will weaken community ties in the real...
Final Report - 21st Century Education
Computers in Classrooms In too many classrooms, technology is an "add-on" amenity or topic separate from other subjects. e-Vermont partner Digital Wish works with 4th – 6th grade classrooms to...
e-Vermont Final Report: Putting Broadband to Work for Vermont - 2012
In 2009, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project, announced their Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA) grants program. The e-Vermont...
Final Report - Introduction
Why does the Internet matter? Over the course of two years, the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project posed this question to both people who couldn’t imagine life without the Internet and people who...
Research data shows improvements in student engagement through 1:1 computing initiative
Digital Wish's School Modernization Initiative (through VCRD's e-Vermont Community Broadband Program) put one-computer-per-child programs into 24 e-Vermont schools. Through the program they conducted...
e-Vermont Reports
Throughout the two years that e-Vermont was active, the program published several reports detailing its work, and the outcomes of its conference. You can find these reports below. Year One Summary,...
Communication and Consistency on the Rise
(Hardwick, VT) Sixth grade students at Hardwick Elementary classrooms are getting more connected with their teachers when it comes to organizing their homework and getting up to speed on classwork...
Students Help Families Lead the Way for More Technology Funding at School
(Fairfield, VT) Educators, students, and their parents have all played a key role in the growing presence of computer and information technology at Fairfield Center School. Through the efforts of the...
Jay and Westfield Share Resources to Build Digital Communities
Jay and Westfield, located in the state’s “Northeast Kingdom” near the Canadian border, share common north/south town borders, and depend heavily on natural resources such as farms, forests and...
Students Teaching Parents
(Dover, VT) Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at Dover Elementary got more than just a taste of technology this year with the help of Digital Wish and e-Vermont. Heading into this program,...
Students Taking Charge in the Classroom
(Bridgewater Village, VT) With the Digital Wish training wrapping up, teachers at Bridgewater Village Elementary School reminisced on their experiences this past year. Mercy Grinold, the third and...
New Opportunities with Technology Bolstered by Committed Instructional Support
(Calais, VT) When a school receives new technology, it can be an exciting opportunity to expand learning and help guide students in an increasingly connected 21st century world. Students at Calais...
New Technology Initiates Connections For Teachers and Students
(Morristown, VT) The growing prevalence of broadband Internet access and cloud computing has made itself well known across classrooms at People's Academy Middle Level, where students have recently...
Students Get Creative With Building on Ideas
(Jay, VT) Recently, students at Jay/Westfield Elementary have been able to flex their creative muscles with new technology in both artistic and utilitarian ways. Whether it is with informational...
Little City downtown gets wifi
VERGENNES — Free wifi now blankets downtown Vergennes, courtesy of the eVermont grant the city won in 2010. The Bixby Free Memorial Library served as the lead applicant for that grant, with support...
Bixby upgrades tech
VERGENNES — The eVermont grant that helped bring free wifi to downtown Vergennes has also benefited the Bixby Free Memorial Library inside its walls, too. The eVermont grant paid for several upgrades...
Technology Ties into the Curriculum
(Addison, VT) Teachers at Addison Elementary School are using the tools Digital Wish provided them this past year to further enrich their curriculum. Students in grades 4-6 have been studying Newton’...
After-school Program Expansion
(Middletown Springs, VT) While e-Vermont and Digital Wish classroom training are winding down, the Kodu Game Lab after-school program is now in full swing at Middletown Springs Elementary (MSES)....
Online School Newsletter for Community Connection
(Moretown, VT) For most elementary schools, a school newsletter can be a fun way to give students experience in journalism, but rarely a method of disseminating information to the community. That is...
Local History - Digital Collections
Vermonters can explore their history through events, books, historic sites, museums, historical society collections across the state. . . and online. Today digitizing local historical collections...
Internet Interns - Lessons Learned
If you're interested in setting up your own version of Internet Interns, check out these lessons that e-Vermont learned along the way: Recognize the unique combination of skills that interns need....
Opening Presentations - Citizen Leadership in a Connected Age
Matt Dunne presented at the Citizen Leadership in a Connected Age Conference, held May 21 2011 at the Vermont Technical College. The conference focused on how Internet use is expanding at the...
1:1 and Cloud-based Computing = Tools for Student Success
(Castleton, VT) At Castleton Elementary School, computers are being integrated into the daily routine of 5th grade students thanks to a 1:1 computing initiative brought together by the e-Vermont...
New Tech. Infrastructure Helps Teachers Improve Student Focus & Participation
(Richford, VT) One of the greatest challenges teachers face with their classrooms is making sure their students are staying on task and engaging with their lessons. When new technology is placed into...
Vermont's digital future envisoned at conference
In his opening remarks at the recent Vermont’s Digital Future Conference, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Internet service at his Putney home is behind that of Vietnam, Cambodia and Croatia. “It’s behind...
Video ~ Technology to connect Vermonters
Technology is so important to economic and educational vitality no matter where you live. Charlie Baker, executive director of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, hosts panelists Paul...
Neighborhood Networks - Burlington Housing Authority
In 1995, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) started the Neighborhood Networks program to support technology as a way to improve the lives of residents in properties that they...
Community Assisters
For full information on becoming a Community Assister, contact one of the ESD Resource System Coordinators: Adam Sancic  adam.sancic@state.vt.us 802-279-8396 Claire Larose  Claire.larose@state.vt....
Computers for Mobile Labs
Standard Laptops Mobile laptop labs are the most common set-up.  Light weight, mainstream, general purpose laptops are the best choice in most situations.  No special hardware configurations or...
Vermont's Digital Future Conference Report - 2012
The conversations convened in this conference followed topics that e-Vermont has heard discussed at community, state and national levels: Establishing a New Foundation for Business in the Digital...
Vermont Business Owners Adapt to Rapid Change
Although the digital age may seem in its infancy, many Vermont small business owners are learning that they have already had to update their online presence to adapt to the evolving expectations of...
Video ~ Vermont's Digital Future Conference Introduction and Keynote
This video captures the remarks and introduction from Mark Snelling, Snelling Center for Government, Governor Peter Shumlin, Helen Labun Jordan, e-Vermont Director, Laura Breeden,...
More Insights from Internet Interns
From late fall of 2011 to spring of 2012, the Vermont State Colleges placed student interns in public libraries to provide one-on-one assistance every week for patrons learning to use the Internet....
Front Porch Forum Helps Calais Neighbors Connect
What if nearly every household in a small rural town were in daily communication with each other? What would change? e-Vermont partner Front Porch Forum provides towns and neighborhoods with a...
“Technology Meets Community” PSA
This 30 second Public Service Announcement was produced for e-Vermont by a team at the South Burlington school system. Thanks to students Riya Patel and Neel Desai and Jay Hoffman, Technology teacher...
Video ~ Digital Tools for Vt Small Businesses through the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project
ACROSS THE FENCE: Patrick Ripley of the Vermont Small Business Development Center helps businesses make use of Internet tools through the e-Vermont program. He talks with Judy Simpson on WCAX's "...
Video ~ Finding Reliable Information in the Digital Age
ACROSS THE FENCE: Larraby Fellows of Vermont State Colleges talks with Judy Simpson on WCAX's "Across the Fence" which was broadcast on 4/4/12. She discusses and demonstrates how to find reliable...
Video: WCAX interview about e-Vermont and the upcoming conference on May 8th
Joanna Cummings of the Snelling Center for Government talks about the e-Vermont project and the Digital Futures Conference on May 8th.
Insights from Internet Interns
A lot of Internet learning begins at the local library, where there are computers and Internet connections to get patrons started on navigating the online world. In late 2011, the Vermont State...
Fairfield Fifth Grader Makes Most Out of Tech Tools
Noah Carpenter, 5th grader at Fairfield Center School, is making the most out of the new Netbooks he and his classmates received from e-Vermont partner Digital Wish. Fairfield students not only...
Bridgewater Uses Social Media in Irene Recovery
For many Vermont communities, the terrible flooding in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene brought home both the importance of a strong community fabric and the value of having multiple channels for...
e-Vermont Year Two Update - March 2012
In the months since the mid-year annual report was published, e-Vermont continued its ambitious projects. This report outlines its accomplishments. Read the full report here (PDF).
Education - Technology in the Classroom
The e-Vermont Community Broadband Project worked with partner Digital Wish to implement 1:1 computing initiatives in 4th – 6th grades at schools in e-Vermont towns. 1:1 computing brings technology...
Middlebury to offer free wi-fi
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (WCAX) - The town of Middlebury will soon offer free wireless internet. Money in the town budget along with funding from the Vermont Council on Rural Development, has allowed the...
Vermont's Digital Development Starts on the Front Porch
...e-Vermont, a consortium of seven different organizations, has come together to improve the economic outlook of rural Vermont through technology, while at the same time preserving what’s most...
Bixby Library looks to its second century
VERGENNES - ...The e-Vermont grant will help with the technological challenges as the Bixby looks past its birthday — the Bixby served as the lead applicant for the grant. The city and the Vergennes...
Bristol Family Gets Emergency Help Through Front Porch Forum
e-Vermont partner Front Porch Forum provides towns and neighborhoods with a virtual town green and bulletin board. Once FPF is set up in a town, it opens unlimited possibilities to connect resources...
5th Grader Helps Mom Sharpen Tech Skills
Through e-Vermont, students at Dover elementary are getting more than just a taste of technology – they’re becoming tech experts. Just ask Stefanie Nick, mother of Isabella Nick, a 5th grader taking...
Community History Goes Online
The Russell Vermontiana Collection includes rare books, works by Vermont authors, historic documents, photographs and genealogies focused on Arlington and the neighboring towns of Sunderland and...
“Internet Basics” Opens Online World
Mary Kay Dreher, from e-Vermont partner Community College of Vermont, designed a workshop to help people get comfortable with introducing others to the online world. In the workshop, it’s easy to...
Town Clerk Expands Online Services for Fairfield
Fairfield, Vermont is synonymous with maple sugaring and dairy farming, and was the birth place of the 21st president of the United States, Chester Arthur. This Franklin County town of 1900 residents...
Public Internet Access
There are many reasons for providing public Internet access. Usually this access is provided for the convenience of visitors, or for local community members who can't access high speed Internet at...
50 Tips for Web Design
Thank you to Kathy Murphy, Vermont's Chief Marketing Office, for sharing her top tips for designing a usable, accessible website. For other resources see the Internet Basics for Web Design resource...
Bristol Workshop Uncovers Free Things on the Internet
The Vermont State Colleges is an e-Vermont partner providing introductory Internet trainings across the state as well as online webinars. Jane Kearns is an instructor who presented several workshops...
e-Vermont Mid-Year Update - December 2011
In the months since the year-one annual report was published, e-Vermont continued its ambitious projects. This report outlines its accomplishments. Read the full report here (PDF).
Fairfield’s New Library Partners with Online Farmers Market
In one busy month Fairfield opened a beautiful new library, launched a community newsletter, and unveiled an online farmers market. Fairfield is a town of 700 households in Franklin County, chock...
Front Porch Forum Boosts Middlesex Business
(12/8/11) - e-Vermont partner Front Porch Forum provides towns and neighborhoods with a virtual town green and bulletin board. Residents who opt to sign in can easily post notes which get delivered...
FPF Provides Moretown with Crucial Communication Link During and After Irene
(12/8/11) - The village center of Moretown sits along the usually friendly Mad River. But Tropical Storm Irene swelled it to a torrent, taking houses and bridges in its wake. Just prior to Irene,...
Poultney’s Downtown Welcomes Free Wi-fi
(12/8/11) - Poultney’s new downtown wireless Internet zone is a big hit. By expanding public accessibility, this new tool offers a welcome option for residents and tourists to connect their laptops...
Laptops Mean 1:1 Learning at Dover Elementary
(12-2-2011) - e-Vermont and partner Digital Wish are helping to expand the world of learning for every 4th, 5th, and 6th grader in this rural southern Vermont town. Each week a trainer from Digital...
Artists and Entrepreneurs Create New Community Portal
(12/1/2011) - A group of local artists and entrepreneurs have banded together to showcase their community - the town of Cambridge and its village center, Jeffersonville. Known as CAE or Cambridge...
Conferences and Regional Workshops
During the course of the e-Vermont project, three regional workshops and two statewide conferences provided an opportunity to share lessons learned, best practices, and new ideas. Below are some of...
Business Tools
The Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) has provided workshops, webinars, and one-on-one advising for small business owners in all e-Vermont communities. Their work reached beyond our...
e-Vermont on Across the Fence in October 2011
October 2011 - Watch 4 episodes with e-Vermont Partners on Across the Fence by clicking the titles below. The episodes include: 10/20/11 — Facilitating Community Dialogue through Front Porch Forum....
County classrooms embrace new technologies
ADDISON COUNTY — In Dawn Berno’s fourth-grade class at Addison Central School, students are learning key skills for the Internet age, ranging from principles of digital citizenship to managing a...
Small Business Center Filling Fast in Poultney
(10/10/11) - When longtime Poultney print shop owner Chuck Colvin decided to retire, he knew he didn’t want to call it quits. The lifelong businessman wanted to help other entrepreneurs realize their...
Social Media Means Business for Accounting Start-Up
(10/10/11) - When the recession hit in 2008, Jennifer Partch Whitehurst of Poultney was among the tens of thousands of Americans who found themselves in the unfamiliar position of needing to find a...
Websites Help Farm Family Find Niche Markets
Roy and Jessica Steel at Waira Valley Farm in Cambridge, Vermont with son Destry and daughter Jade. The farm includes an organic bakery and farm store. (10/10/11) - When Vermont Small Business...
West Rutland Celebrates Year of Digital Achievements
(9/21/11) - The e-Vermont Community Broadband Project congratulates the West Rutland team for its completion of a successful year. Since being selected in spring 2010 as one of 12 inaugural e-Vermont...
Audio ~ Helen Labun Jordan on national radio
Helen Labun Jordan, Project Director for the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project, was Craig Settles guest on his Gigabit Nation radio show that aired 9/12/11. Click here for more about the show...
Digital Wish on WVTK Radio
Heather Chirtea and Eric Bird of Digital Wish talk about their work with Addison Central School and other Vermont schools and the e-Vermont program. Click here to listen to the audio.
Costello Commentary: Vermont’s Digital Heroes
By Paul Costello The power of broadband is not in the pipe—infrastructure is but a necessary precondition—it is in the creativity of those who use it. The broadband dialogue in Vermont has been all...
e-Vermont Year One Summary - June 2011
This report outlines the accomplishments of the first year of the e-Vermont project. Read the full report here (PDF).
Internet Safety
A "safe" Internet environment includes many considerations: Are children protected from inappropriate content or inappropriate contact? Is cyberbullying occurring?  Is personal information...
e-Vermont Brings Computer Training To Towns
Joanna Cummings of the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project talks with VPR's Mitch Wertlieb about the the project and how it is helping bring computer access and training to Vermont towns. Listen to...
State leaders hope to build "digital culture"
RANDOLPH CENTER – From Brattleboro to Newport, Vermonters came to Randolph Center Saturday to talk about how — and why — they wired up their towns with broadband. At a daylong conference called “...
The Winning Vermont's Broadband Access Strategy
Rural America Radio is a project of the Rural Mobile & Broadband Alliance (rumbausa.com). Listen in as Helen Labun Jordan, the eVermont Project Director, shares with radio listeners across the...
Community Conversations Toolkit
Communities participating in the e-Vermont project all had an opportunity to design new projects that used online tools to meet local goals. Designing these local projects began with conversations...
Internet Basics for Beginners
Click here to find an Internet Basics Manual - or watch the basics in video form at our video library! This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike...
iConnect: Skills for Working with Internet Beginners
The Community College of Vermont has designed the iConnect training to improve skills for working with Internet beginners. This training helps participants communicate effectively and efficiently...
Grant gives local libraries electronic gear
POWNAL -- Two local libraries received thousands of dollars worth of electronic equipment Tuesday from the e-Vermont grant program. The Solomon Wright Public Library in Pownal and the Martha...
e-Vermont Public Service Announcement to Air on Local Channels
This 30 second e-Vermont Public Service Announcement was produced for us by a team at the South Burlington school system. Thanks to students Riya Patel and Neel Desai and Jay Hoffman, Technology...
Dover School to get new computers
DOVER -- After being selected to participate in a statewide effort to increase the use of technology and online capabilities, students at Dover Elementary will be issued new computers. As part of the...
e-Vermont efforts work out well for four county towns
...Fourth and fifth graders at the Fisher Elementary School received 53 notebook computers, along with personnel to train both students and teachers in their usage. Woodrow said it was more than just...
How Do You Read the Web?
(5/4/11) - The Vermont State Colleges (VSC) are offering a variety of tools to help residents of e-Vermont communities learn basic computer skills. This year, they are expanding their workshop on the...
Gallery of Vermontiana Goes Online
(5/4/11) - We talk about the Internet as the communications tool of the future, but it is also a new tool for communicating about our past. The e-Vermont communities of Sunderland, Arlington, and...
Introducing Gallup Brook Fencing (and other great VT businesses)
(5/4/11) - The Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) employs an e-Vermont business advisor to work one on one with businesses interested in improving their use of the Internet. One...
Kids, Classrooms and Computers with Digital Wish
(5/4/11) - Digital Wish is a nationally recognized leader in integrating technology into the classroom. As a partner organization in e-Vermont, they are bringing netbooks, IT support and teacher...
Grant could get Vt. towns connected
Poultney Elementary School students recite the history of the town while scanning the internet. At Poultney projectors outshine chalkboards and netbooks may soon replace textbooks. Watch the WCAX...
Round One Netbooks Are in the Classrooms
Digital Wish has completed the netbook classroom deployment for all of our Round One schools. Watch this Vodcast narrated by Eric Bird, lead trainer and peer coach with Digital Wish, with footage...
e-Vermont Community: Vergennes
Initiatives in Vergennes were spearheaded by the Vergennes Partnership, Bixby Library, city government, and other individuals and organizations.  In just over a year, this team succeeded in bringing...
e-Vermont Community: Richford
Initiatives in Richford were spearheaded by the Richford Economic Advancement Corporation (REAC) in conjunction with the Arvin A. Brown Library, NOTCH, town government, Richford Elementary School,...
e-Vermont Community: Moretown
Initiatives in Moretown were spearheaded by Moretown Elementary School, Moretown Memorial Library, town government, and other organizations and individuals.  In just over a year, this team succeeded...
e-Vermont Community: Fairfield
Fairfield initially appealed to e-Vermont for help addressing the community goals that emerged from its 2010 VCRD Community Visit. Initiatives in Fairfield were spearheaded by the Bent Northrop...
e-Vermont Community: Castleton
e-Vermont initiatives in Castleton were spearheaded by the Castleton Free Library along with Castleton Elementary School, the community center, town government, and other individuals and...
e-Vermont Community: Middletown Springs
Initiatives in Middletown Springs were spearheaded by the Middletown Springs Public Library along with Middletown Springs Elementary School,  town government, and other individuals and organizations...
e-Vermont Community: Morristown
e-Vermont initiatives in Morristown were spearheaded by Morristown town government, People’s Academy Middle Level School, Centennial Public Library, River Arts, Morristown Rescue and other...
e-Vermont Community: Jay / Westfield
e-Vermont initiatives in Jay-Westfield were spearheaded by the Jay Peak Area Chamber of Commerce, Jay-Westfield School, Jay and Westfield town governments and other organizations. In just over a year...
e-Vermont Community: Hardwick
e-Vermont initiatives in Hardwick were spearheaded by NEKArts / Hardwick Town House, Jeudevine Memorial Library, Hardwick Community Television, the Center for an Agricultural Economy, Hardwick town...
e-Vermont Community: Dover
e-Vermont initiatives in Dover were spearheaded by the Dover Economic Development Specialist Office, Dover town government, Dover Elementary School, Dover Free Library and other organizations. In...
e-Vermont Community: Calais
e-Vermont initiatives in Calais were spearheaded by the Calais Elementary School, Calais town government, and other organizations. In just over a year, this team succeeded in bringing the following...
e-Vermont Community: Bridgewater
e-Vermont initiatives in Bridgewater were spearheaded by the Bridgewater Historical Society in conjunction with the Bridgewater Village School, town government, and other organizations. In just over...
Stimulus funds help wire homes for Internet
Up in rural northern Vermont, it took until the 1960s to run power lines to some towns — decades after the rest of America got turned on..."Rural areas all across the country are wrestling with this...
Calling all surfers: e-Vermont selects Dover as an e-town
DOVER—Dover continues its propulsion into the digital age with its participation in the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project. According to VCRD e-Vermont Community Director Philip Petty, e-Vermont...
Moretown awarded e-Vermont grant
The town of Moretown was recently awarded an e-Vermont grant that will result in a new website for the town, among other technological upgrades. Moretown is among 12 rural communities to receive the...
Cracking the netbooks: Arlington, Pownal students newly equipped
The holidays are over, but you wouldn’t know it sitting in the Fisher Elementary fourth and fifth grade classrooms Monday. As part of the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project, the students received...
Vermont's new Internet initiatives hope to boost rural communities
Announced recently, the state of Vermont, located in the Northeast corner of the United States, is best known for its snowy mountains, delicious ice cream and Phish-loving hippies. The state is...
e-Vermont Gets IT Umph to 12 More Small Towns
The E-Vermont Community Broadband Project was the only applicant East of the Mississippi to be awarded federal stimulus money for rural broadband. This week the project announced both advances of...
Dover to participate in broadband project
On Tuesday, the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project selected 12 communities to participate in a rural broadband initiative. The town of Dover was among them. E-Vermont is a national broadband...
e-Vermont Selects 2011 Communities
MONTPELIER, VT – The e-Vermont Community Broadband Project will bring digital tools and in-depth internet training to 12 additional rural communities in 2011. The twelve, announced today, will...
A netbook for every student
BRISTOL — For the students in Hannah Estey and Rebecca Zavadil’s fifth-grade classes, Christmas came a bit early this year. On Thursday, the Bristol Elementary School fifth-graders all received new...
Mouseclicks 101 at Mark Skinner Library
...Across the state, as high speed Internet access becomes more widespread and is steadily integrated into daily life, classes for seniors or those the computer revolution passed by are becoming more...
Audio ~ e-Vermont on the Mark Johnson Show, Part 2
Helen Labun Jordan, e-Vermont Program Director and Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish Director continue their conversation with Mark Johnson about the e-Vermont program and the launch of the second round...
e-VT reaches out to Vt. communities
Part of Vermont’s charm lies in a simple image of its landscape: quaint New England villages nestled in rolling hills dotted with red barns and cows. While this scene may dominate postcards, there is...
e-Vermont’s own FPF featured in U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report focuses on giving back in its Nov. 2010 issue, including an article examining Front Porch Forum! Thousands of Vermonters have been doing great things through FPF since...
Jordan Commentary: Bridging the digital divide
Bringing high speed Internet access to all of Vermont is an oft-repeated and excellent goal for the state. There are countless ways that the Internet can, and does, improve the lives of Vermonters....
Audio ~ e-Vermont on the Mark Johnson Show, Part 1
Helen Labun Jordan, e-Vermont Program Director and Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish Director talk with Mark Johnson about the e-Vermont program and the launch of the second round application process....
Vermont Towns Vie for Next Round of EVermont Broadband Assistance
Earlier this year, the federal government announced that Vermont would receive the nation’s largest per-capita share of federal stimulus money — more than $170 million — to expand high-speed Internet...
Netbooks expected in Pownal
POWNAL - Technology was the topic of much of the conversation at a recent Pownal school board meeting, at which an update on new student netbooks was given, as well as information about an...
e-Vermont Community: West Rutland
e-Vermont initiatives in West Rutland were spearheaded by Town Manager Mary Ann Goulette and a team from the West Rutland School, West Rutland Public Library, town government, and local businesses. ...
e-Vermont Community: Newport
e-Vermont initiatives in Newport were spearheaded by representatives of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation, City of Newport, Goodrich Memorial Library, North Country Supervisory Union, United...
e-Vermont Community: Sunderland/Arlington/Sandgate
e-Vermont Initiatives in Sunderland-Arlington-Sandgate (SAS) were spearheaded by a small but very productive team representing town government, local businesses, the public library, schools, and...
e-Vermont Community: Pownal
e-Vermont initiatives in Pownal were spearheaded by a team representing Pownal’s school, library, businesses, government and interested citizens.  In one short year, the team succeeded in bringing...
e-Vermont Community: Ludlow
e-Vermont initiatives in Ludlow were spearheaded by representatives from the library, school, public service organizations, town government and local businesses. In one short year, this team...
Press Release: e-Vermont Offers Digital Tools for Rural Towns
MONTPELIER, VT – Vermont towns can get free help in learning how to take full advantage of the Internet to create jobs, drive school innovation, provide social services, and increase civic...
e-Vermont Community: Poultney
e-Vermont initiatives in Poultney were spearheaded by the Poultney Broadband Committee, a team comprised of the Rutland Southwest Supervisory Union, town government, Poultney Public Library, local...
If you build it, will they come?
ARLINGTON - Even if it weren't an election year, the chances are excellent that residents of Vermont would be hearing a lot about broadband. ...That part of the broadband equation - getting people...
Audio ~ Front Porch Forum on Equal Time Radio
Michael Wood Lewis, founder of Front Porch Forum, explains how the simple web- or email-based social networking tool brings neighbors together, helps them organize, and saves them money or even finds...
Pownal selected for e-Vermont project
POWNAL, Vt. -- Pownal is one of 12 communities statewide chosen to be a part of the e-Vermont Project, which is funded by money from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act through the Vermont...
Pownal, Sunderland selected in e-Project
One of the first things the community will see from participation in the e-Vermont Project will be 50 Dell Netbooks assigned to the third and fourth graders at Pownal Elementary School. Pownal and...
Middlesex selected as e-Vermont community
Middlesex has been selected as one of a dozen communities to pilot the new e-Vermont Community Broadband Project. Read more...
e-Cambridge hoping for broadband
Despite its name, the pilot program will not be bringing broadband to those areas of Cambridge which do not have high speed internet access. Rather, the goal is to create sufficient interest in...
Poultney, West Rutland in pilot computer program
Poultney and West Rutland will get new computers and other services as part of a pilot program run by the Vermont Council on Rural Development. The Council announced earlier this month that the...
Cambridge an e-Community
As a culmination of a process which started more than a year ago, last week, the town of Cambridge was notified they will be one of 12 communities around the state accepted into a program designed to...
Area towns to get digital boost
ARLINGTON/SUNDERLAND - The towns of Arlington and Sunderland have received grants from e-Vermont - a part of the Vermont Council on Rural Development - that will provide greater technical resources...
Grand Isle awarded e-Vermont grant
NORTH HERO — Residents of the Champlain Is lands, traditionally isolated from the mainland, this month opted for e-connectivity upgrades. Grand Isle County is one of 12 relatively isolated areas...
e-Vermont grant to expand Internet in Bristol
BRISTOL — Bristol is one of 12 towns in line to receive a slice of $3.8 million to strengthen Internet access in Vermont, and community leaders are hopeful the landfall “e-Vermont” grant could boost...
12 communities selected to pilot e-Vermont project
A dozen rural communities across the state will receive digital tools and in-depth training as the initial participants in the new e-Vermont Community Broadband Project. The twelve will benefit from...
Digital divide targeted in e-Vermont project
Unlike Google’s lottery-like “Fiber to the Communities” project, the e-Vermont initiative doesn’t promise super-high-speed Internet to every home. But e-Vermont will deliver: This summer, 12 rural...
Secretary Locke announces recovery act investments to expand broadband internet access and spur economic growth
WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced 10 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and...
$2.5 million Stimulus Grant Launches e-Vermont: the Community Broadband Project
MONTPELIER, VT – A $2.5 million federal Stimulus Grant from the federal Agency of Commerce, announced today, completes the funding to launch the $3.8 million e-Vermont Community Broadband Project....
State turns to stimulus money for Internet upgrade
Vermont's efforts to attract and retain businesses reliant on instantaneous communication weren't helped by a recent report indicating that average Internet download speeds in the state are among the...
Funding may slow Internet expansion
With the help of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - otherwise known as the Obama stimulus package - all Vermonters might soon have access to highspeed broadband. The state plans on...