Wireless infrastructure provider Tilson was awarded two grants in Rounds Two and Three of the Vermont Department of Public Service (PSD) COVID-19 Emergency Connectivity Initiative and Get Vermonters Connected Now Initiative. Under the terms of its Round Two grant agreement, Tilson will receive $1.79M to deploy a new fiber network to deliver high-speed broadband to 360 unserved residences in the towns of Danville, Lunenburg, and St. Johnsbury, Vermont. In its Round Three grant, Tilson will leverage its $1.94M award to serve 217 additional locations in West Danville.
The mission of Vermont’s COVID-19 Emergency Connectivity Initiative is to leverage Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to build high-speed broadband service to unserved and underserved locations by December 30, 2020. The funds are targeted at locations lacking 25/3 Mbps (download/upload) broadband service that require broadband for K-12 student education, remote work, and access to telehealth resources.
“In addition to sickening millions and killing hundreds of thousands, the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted education, impacted jobs, and disrupted home life for every American,” said Tilson CEO Joshua Broder. “Access to reliable, high-speed broadband at home will help address the challenges of remote education, support clear audio- and video-conferencing, and provide access to telemedicine appointments. I’m thrilled that Tilson and the other grantees awarded by the PSD have the opportunity to bring the benefits of high-speed broadband to these residents of Vermont.”