The internet has become a useful tool for business in Vermont. Manufacturing is dependent on information technology and business-to-business networking. Broadband internet connectivity fills a dual role for hospitality and tourism, providing a key marketing channel as well as an important amenity for travelers. In Vermont between 1999 and 2002, there was a 40% increase in businesses making business-to-business transactions over the internet. However, across Vermont, broadband adoption and related information technology penetration varies widely from town to town based on providers and local resources. The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission continues to work with state and local partners to increase broadband coverage through support of local initiatives such as the East Central Vermont Fiber project and VTel's Wireless Communications program as well as direct work on programs such as the statewide Regional Capacity Building project.
Expanded broadband internet access offers a wide range of potential benefits to our region. Some of these benefits include:
Benefits to a Communities
Benefits to Businesses
For more information on the TRORC's role in encouraging broadband access, contact Emma Zavez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TRORC Region Broadband Plan
The TRORC region specific broadband plan and also the entire statewide document is available for download below.