Local leaders to hold public forum on rural broadband Friday, Nov. 8

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MANCHESTER — State Reps. Kathleen James and Robin Chesnut-Tangerman will host a public forum to help residents learn more about legislation passed earlier this year that pertains to rural broadband.

House Bill 513, signed into law by Gov. Phil Scott in June, provides support for localities to expand broadband connectivity.

The public forum will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, at the Park House at Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park in Manchester.

James is a Democratic representative from Manchester while Chesnut-Tangerman is a Progressive from Middletown Springs.

Presenters at the event will include Rep. Laura Sibilia, I-Dover, a proponent of the bill; Clay Purvis, director of the Vermont Department of Public Service's telecommunications and connectivity division; and Stan Williams, CFO of ValleyNet, a nonprofit that brings fiber-speed internet to towns in Vermont and New Hampshire.

The event will include an overview of the bill, information on how to apply for a planning grant and a question-and-answer period.

Anyone with questions regarding the event may contact James at KJames@leg.state.vt.us or

802-733-1435.

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