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How Wi-Fi Brings Townspeople Together

There are many aspects of working for the Digital Economy Project that are appealing: not only does the project have the resources to offer services and aid to communities across Vermont, but in the process of delivering these services, those of us who are lucky enough to be working for the project are able to come into contact with ordinary Vermonters.

In our traverses across the state, it is clear that the people we meet, from selectboard members to locally elected officials, to volunteers, all care deeply about their communities.

This was very evident at the two recent Wi-Fi Launches. In Royalton, the people at the launch and at BALE-fest were thrilled to know that they could access free internet on their town green. Many smiles and thanks were handed around during the event, and many local business-owners helped to make the zone a reality. In Bethel, the Bethel Business Association and the Town Managers could not resist patting each other on the back; both parties were instrumental in helping to create the new zone, which they are excited about, and already considering expanding.

It was wonderful to see such participation on both fronts. People at the events were invited to take pictures while there, and upload them to a Flickr account using the Wi-Fi Network. You can see some of the pictures taken at the actual events below:

Here’s Royalton:

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

And here’s Bethel:

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

We’re looking forward to touching more towns, and creating more zones in the very near future!

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