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 resources to strengthen everything from education to government to business to community connections. It was funded through a federal program for Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA) and the matching support of local funders. It was 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.
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 Partners collaborated with 24 communities from 2010-2012 offering services in a range of areas, which are described below. Many of the lessons learned and resources developed through this in-community work are made available through our toolkits and archived webcasts. To read about services received by individual towns, please visit the communities page.
- Community Conversations – Identifying creative projects to meet local goals through the Vermont Council on Rural Development
- Accessing Information Anywhere – Libraries in the digital age and the Department of Libraries
- 21st Century Learning – 1:1 computing initiatives in Vermont schools with Digital Wish
- Teaching the Basics – Lessons in basic Internet skills from the Vermont State Colleges
- Growing Your Business Online – Advising services for small businesses from the VT Small Business Development Center