HALIFAX -- Although a resident offered the town use of his private property to host a tower, town officials were told that it won't be put up unless deemed completely necessary.
A representative from VTel spoke with Halifax Selectboard member Earl Holtz, who is also a member of the Broadband Committee. The committee has been working towards establishing more broadband connections and improve Internet speed in general.
"(VTel indicated) that they'll provide for Halifax via Guilford, Marlboro, Whitingham and I think possibly Wilmington," said Holtz.
Gov. Peter Shumlin had created an initiative calling for every home and business to have access high-speed Internet by the end of the year. Parts of Halifax have poor connections or no connection at all.
Plans for a tower to be put up at the church known as the Halifax Union Center, which is near the Halifax Center, have been put off for now. Discussions had begun in 2012 but then hit a standstill. Ultimately, it was decided that the location would be moved to a private residence if the tower were to be constructed at all.
As the Broadband Committee works on updating and improving the town website through a grant, its members await word from VTel on whether or not the town would receive the service it needs from the surrounding towns' towers.
"We're going to slow walk that to verify whether we need it or not," said Holtz.
A member of the Broadband Committee went to the special meeting on Oct. 29, which was called together by the Marlboro Selectboard and Planning Commission to discuss plans to build a 140 foot communications pole off Old Hogback Road.
That tower eventually will include nine panel antennas and three microwave dish antennas.
"They announced they'd provide some coverage from that tower to Halifax," said Holtz.
He said the committee was informed that the Marlboro tower "will be bigger or more sophisticated" than the one previously planned for Halifax. Marlboro residents were concerned that the coverage would not reach many of their households.
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