By HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN

Reformer Staff

PUTNEY -- Home-businesses along the West Hill Road area have been included in a fiber optic project, which was announced by the Vermont Telecommnications Authority Monday.

VTA said it will use about $1.4 million to help pay for fiber optic projects in six Vermont communities that are currently unable to receive high-speed Internet service.

About 10.5 miles of fiber will be hung along West Hill Road, Aiken Road, Leon Wood Road and Banning Road as part of the project, which will eventually include another 51 miles of fiber in Braintree, Brookfield, North Randolph, Pomfret and Sharon.

VTA said all of the communities included in this project will get fiber optic Internet access by mid-2015.

"Enhancing broadband opportunities in our small towns continues to be a priority, and making higher-speed options available for small businesses is incredibly important for ther ability to compete in a global marketplace," Gov. Peter SHumlin said.