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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 improve education and healthcare across the country. The investments, totaling more than $63 million in grants, will increase broadband access and adoption in more than a dozen states.

Community building time

Lest anyone think all is doom and gloom in Rutland – and between the economy and the state of affairs at the south end of Wales Street, there are plenty of those stories in the city these days – along come the good folks at the Creative Economy to remind us of the positive energy in and around the community.

Values, Vision and Unification in Addison Northwest Supervisory Union - 2009

This report synthesizes the discussion from public forums in the Addison NW Supervisory Union on the Renewal of Public Education for the 21st Century. The inputs were presented to the ANWSU Board, the School Boards of the Supervisory Union, and the people of the five communities that make up the union: Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes, and Waltham as they prepare for a vote on whether to unify their school boards. Read the report.

Internet Contest Announced

BARTON: A contest to encourage Northeast Kingdom entrepreneurs and business owners to use the Internet was launched here Thursday, November 5, about two years before the state expects to see broadband availability across Vermont. Paul Costello, executive director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), said his organization and the Small Business Development Center are sponsoring the contest because many potential users of the Internet have yet to incorporate the web into their plans.

A taxing question: Futurists ask: Can Vermonters have it all

The state's $6 billion annual budget provides taxpayers with everything from snowplowing to subsidized health insurance. Seemingly the only thing that's missing is enough money to fund it.

"The socially progressive policies that help support those in need in the state are a hallmark of Vermont," says the nonprofit, nonpartisan Council on the Future of Vermont, "but also strain the financial and delivery systems in place today."

Can you hear me now? Some worry that 'e-state' will disconnect communities

By KEVIN O'CONNOR
They inspire poets and painters, campers and climbers, scientists and souls yearning to touch the sky.

Who doesn't love the Green Mountains?

Vermonters who view them as the state's biggest barrier to up-to-date telecommunications.

Unlike more plugged-in places, Vermont has less than 200,000 high-speed Internet lines and cell phone service to only about 60 percent of its population, leaving many of the state's 621,000 residents feeling disconnected from the rest of the world.

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