any reason schools weren't offered this service?
I would have to dig a bit to find it, but I think the VFC offer we were given was $1,000/mo for about 50mb.
"Vermont Telephone Co. (VTel), whose footprint covers 17,500 homes in the Green Mountain State, has begun to offer gigabit Internet speeds for $35 a month, using a brand new fiber network. So far about 600 Vermont homes have subscribed."
The company was able to afford the upgrades largely by winning federal stimulus awards set aside for broadband. Using $94 million in stimulus money
Mr. Guite says it remains to be seen whether what VTel is doing is a “sustainable model.”