CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Tuesday, December
Department of Public Service announces: Draft COVID Response Telecommunications Recovery Plan: Public comment is requested on the draft (prepared by CTC Energy and Technology, in partnership with Rural Innovations Strategies. The Recovery Plan's purpose is to "reassess the State's critical connectivity needs in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency and to reevaluate broadband deployment objectives going forward." It offers an assessment of VT's telecommunications networks and recommendations for improving/expanding telecommunications services. Key recommendations include construction of targeted line extensions, small scale wireless projects, an increase in the use of subsidies for low-income residents to increase broadband adoption. Also mobilization of a "Broadband Corps" – a team dedicated to supporting Communications Union Districts and mobilizing the people power necessary to confirm mobile hotspot options, assist residents with nontechnical installations, and provide technical support for low income and technology-challenged Vermonters. 12/8: 6 p.m. Plan is posted at https://publicservice.vermont. gov/content/covid-response-telecommunications-recovery-plan. Submit electronic comments by 12/10. Final plan will be released 12/20 online. Online.