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 involvement. Twelve communities are already seeing benefits from the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project including consulting for businesses that want to grow their e-commerce, a digital forum to connect neighbors, computers for selected school classes, expanded access to the Internet at town libraries, and free trainings in computer skills.
Twelve more communities statewide will be selected to participate, but local groups must apply no later than November 17 to be considered. Municipal leaders and other local organizations that are interested in learning more can visit www.e4vt.org or contact Helen Labun Jordan, e-Vermont Project Director, at 802-225-6091 or by email at Helen @ vtrural.org. The complete application guidelines, background on e-Vermont, and a summary of what the first 12 pilot towns are working on are all posted online.