Source: National Broadband Map (NTIA / FCC)
In 2015 the Federal Communications Commission defined Broadband levels as 25 Mbps download / 3 Mbps upload. Based on 2014 data and the national standards, Vermont’s broadband coverage rate is reported by the FCC as just over 20%. However, as of August 2016 the Public Service Department reports that 72% of Vermont has converage that meets the 25/3 criteria. Nearly all of Vermont’s 295,000 residences and businesses have access to service defined as high speed internet.
Source: VT Dept of Public Service
The 2014 Vermont Telecommunications Plan calls for prioritizing any state funded support in terms of speed, starting with locations that lack service of 4/1 Mbps or better. Expanding coverage has been geared to ensuring some access for all, rather than prioritizing very high levels of service to “nodes” – residential and commercial activity centers. Broadband data is difficult to compare year to year, or even category to category. Some data sets define coverage as proximity (500′) to fiber and cable (real as well as potential connections). Other statistics reflect current connectivity – service actually delivered to a customer location.
Source: VT Public Service Dept, VT Telecom Plan 2014
Vermont’s 2024 telecom goal is to have infrastructure capable of delivering symmetrical 100Mbps (100/100) to all residential and business locations. In 2015 the Federal Communications Commission redefined Broadband speeds as 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. To compare with VT we assume that technology capable of transmitting 100/10 and 100/100 can meet the federal standard. As of August 2016 the Public Service Department reports that 72% of Vermont has converage that meets the 25/3 criteria.
Source: VT Agency of Transportation
Vermont’s focus has been on improving its aging transportation infrastructure including road surfaces & bridge conditions, in order to maintain highway safety, particularly for winter travelers.
Public transit use in Vermont has increased 9% in the past five years. In fiscal year 2015 Vermont’s state public transit systems provided nearly 5 million trips. Just over half of all rides are provided in the Chittenden County region where ridership has grown by about 8% in the past five years. The rest of the state saw an 11% increase in the same time period. Many regions, including the Northeast Kingdom, Marble Valley, Bennington County, Upper Valley, and Southeast Vermont, have seen double digit ridership growth.