Community invited to Jeff Lewis Retirement Open House

BRATTLEBORO -- On Friday, Dec. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., members of the community are invited to an open house at BDCC for Jeff Lewis’ retirement. The address is 76 Cotton Mill Hill in Brattleboro.

Lewis is the outgoing executive director of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation and has been at BDCC since 2006. He is credited with starting the Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) effort which has just completed a draft of the region’s the first ever federally prescribed Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

Lewis will be leaving BDCC on Dec. 31. Community members from the region are invited to stop in at BDCC anytime from 10-3 on Friday December 20th to stop in for refreshments, festivities and to wish Jeff well on his retirement.

FairPoint Communications expands broadband coverage

DEERFIELD VALLEY -- FairPoint Communications has expanded broadband to more than 120 homes and businesses in Halifax and Whitingham.

"Our next-generation network allows us to expand broadband service into areas with no high-speed Internet access and provide enhanced services across the state," said Beth Fastiggi, FairPoint state president for Vermont. "Broadband availability opens the doors to the world for the residents and businesses in Vermont and is fundamental to the state’s future economic growth.


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FairPoint’s broadband Internet service will reach customers along all or portions of the following streets:

-- In Halifax: Cannon Road, Collins Road, Hall Road, Hanson Road, Hatch School Road, Peterson Lane, Pike Road, Shearer Hill Road, Sutherland Lane, Wheeler Road and Winchester Road.

-- In Whitingham: Collins Road, Gates Pond Road and Hamilton Tavern Lane.

FairPoint has invested nearly $100 million in its network in the Green Mountain State and has added 1,100 miles of new fiber, providing high-speed access to 90 percent of its Vermont service areas. The Halifax and Whitingham expansions were funded in part by the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund, or CAF, established in 2011 with the sole purpose to accelerate broadband buildout to the 18 million Americans living in rural areas who currently have no access to robust broadband services.