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VTel Offers Gigabit Fiber Service at Half the Price of Google's

By - Source: TechSpot | B 19 comments

Vermont Telephone Co. (VTel) now offers a gigabit fiber Internet connection to its residents for $35/month or just half the price of Google Fiber.

According to VTel’s Chief Executive Michel Guite, the project was made possible by a $94 million stimulus awarded by the federal government for broadband development, which enabled the company to refit its antiquated infrastructure that was originally installed in 1890.

It is worth noting that VTel was initially denied federal funding for the project, and Google played a “helpful role” in providing the necessary grant money by pushing forward with its Fiber project. Michel Guite acknowledged this with a statement to the Wall Street Journal that “Google has really given us more encouragement.”

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    Gabriel Fonseca , April 30, 2013 7:28 PM
    oooh! Comcast and Centurylink shour seriousely reconsider their prices immediately. I though Comcast did us a favor by bumping my connection to 72 megabits but.... Really?! $35 a month for Gigabit service? BRING THIS TO COLORADO PLEASE !!!!!
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    ikyung , April 30, 2013 8:08 PM
    Capitalism. Working as intended.
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    Walsho , April 30, 2013 8:09 PM
    500GB, monthly cap, in other words half the capacity of 3mbit dsl. Our tax money at work.
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    icraft , April 30, 2013 8:31 PM
    Internet in 1890! WOW, that's really "antiquated"
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    grz09 , April 30, 2013 8:35 PM
    Damn you first world country!
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    zander1983 , April 30, 2013 11:50 PM
    Do you deliver to Australia?
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    Onihikage , May 1, 2013 12:35 AM
    Thanks, Google! I don't live in Vermont, but those who do are really lucky!
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    CrArC , May 1, 2013 1:34 AM
    Some very small areas in the UK get gigabit fiber. There's 100mbps available in my area in a half-mild radius around my house.

    Naturally my house (which is a new construction) gets 6mbps max. It's obvious really, I mean who believes new houses need access to modern broadband? And this after waiting TWO MONTHS for an idiot to turn up and flip and switch to activate my service because, naturally, every broadband engineer for thirty miles is booked solid.

    tl;dr: if you're on fiber, I hate you slightly.
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    acadia11 , May 1, 2013 2:10 AM
    How is this capitalism working as intended, if capitalism was working as inteneded, we'd all be getting offered VTel's service and price.
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    ddpruitt , May 1, 2013 6:14 AM
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    Capitalism. Working as intended.


    Actually this isn't capitalism. VTel got a government grant, pure capitalism doesn't allow for this. This is a combination of socialism and capitalism. You may want to either check your facts or your definitions before making such a broad statement.
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    happyballz , May 1, 2013 6:43 AM
    Yeah great news and all but with what footprint? $94 mill wont get you far as far as installations...plus you have to constantly fight-off all the greedy ISP's lawsuits and their lobby that they throw at you to shut you down.
    These greedy ISP are so dirty they pass laws in local municipalities (by buying commissioners etc) to make their service "exclusive" and then fine cities/counties if they want to leave the agreement.
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    joebob2000 , May 1, 2013 7:29 AM
    There are only about 250,000 households in Vermont. If they are offering access to ALL of them (the number is probably more like half that) then the government is subsidizing this to the tune of $375 per connection.
    Yes, I am mostly just pissed because I am jealous that they got it and I didn't...
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    pliskin1 , May 1, 2013 12:26 PM
    Well, time to move to Vermont, although that 500GB cap is unfortunate.
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    pliskin1 , May 1, 2013 12:37 PM
    Well, time to move to Vermont, although that 500GB cap is unfortunate.
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    pliskin1 , May 1, 2013 12:56 PM
    Well, time to move to Vermont, although that 500GB cap is unfortunate.
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    Gabriel Fonseca , May 1, 2013 2:33 PM
    oooh! Comcast and Centurylink shour seriousely reconsider their prices immediately. I though Comcast did us a favor by bumping my connection to 72 megabits but.... Really?! $35 a month for Gigabit service? BRING THIS TO COLORADO PLEASE !!!!!
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    dalethepcman , May 1, 2013 3:19 PM
    "which enabled the company to refit its antiquated infrastructure that was originally installed in 1890."

    The words 1890, and fiber network should not exist in the same paragraph without a time machine. Perhaps some elaboration is required, like "Antiquated copper line infrastructure"
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    pliskin1 , May 1, 2013 3:46 PM
    Well, time to move to Vermont, although that 500GB cap is unfortunate.
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    bildo123 , May 2, 2013 7:08 AM
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    Capitalism. Working as intended.


    Getting a giant welfare check from the government isn't "Capitalism". In fact, this could in the long term be detrimental to this company seeing as it got its first taste of government subsidized capital. It may or may not become dependent on this to do well but considering the company isn't in the category of "too big to fail" it may get dumped off and file Chapter 11 within the decade, kind of like Solyndra. Of course Solyndra was totally founded on funny money stimulus and hardly lasted so the effects may not be the same.