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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 civic engagement and e-commerce while providing computers and Internet access to senior citizens and economically disadvantaged families.

The e-Vermont Community Broadband Project will arm a dozen towns across the state with digital tools and training to use the Internet to achieve goals ranging from job creation to school innovation. The 12 towns were chosen from more than 40 applicants, and e-Vermont will select another round of 12 participants in 2011.

“It’s the 21st century. We have to get with the flow here,” said Gerrie Heuts, the coordinator at the Bristol Recreation Department and a member of the group that applied for the e-Vermont grant.