Vermont Telephone Company is getting set to offer cable TV service. The company received a USDA Rural Utilities Service grant worth $116 million, but as a condition of the award must offer cable TV service to go with its telephony and Internet services.
Vtel filed a petition with the Vermont Public Service Board last week to offer the TV service, an action which comes almost a year after it received the grant. Now, Vtel wants the board to fast-track its request without public hearings, a notion which may not go over well in a state known as a hippie haven.
Vermont actually has been at the center of a lot of broadband-related activity lately, as FairPoint Communications (Nasdaq: FRP) has been finishing its broadband rollout in rural areas (with help from draft horses, no less) and Comcast has been busy rebranding its services as Xfinity.
- see this Vtdigger.org post
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders did not like the Comcast-NBCU deal
Comcast announced the Xfinity change in Vermont last month