Internet experience that you deserve

The Otter Creek Communications Union District (OCCUD) exists to bring connectivity solutions that support municipalities in and near the Regions of Rutland, Vermont. 

Seamlessly connecting people to the internet

Building for Our Communities’ Futures and Removing the Barriers to Access Fast, Reliable Internet.
Fiber optic network technology is the future of broadband. It uses fiber-optic technology to reach the fastest speeds available. When you’re on a fiber optic network, you’ll experience significantly faster upload and download speeds, more bandwidth for multiple devices and a reliable connection.
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Advanced technology for everyone

According to 2019 VT Dept of Public Service data, 774 premises in the greater Rutland Region are underserved by internet. 

The Otter Creek Communications District (OCCUD) aims to bring not just ‘sufficient’ internet, but fast and reliable internet to the region… removing barriers to access the quality of internet needed and wanted to productively thrive in the digital age by also making this resource affordable.

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How fast is fast?

Time to transfer a 5GB file (HD film or 5GB worth of photos)
UploadDownload
3G Wireless connection
> 2 . 4 days
DSL (ADSL2+)
> 19.7 hours
356x
faster upload time
4G Wireless connection
> 7.5 hours
861x
faster upload time
Cable Modem (DOCSIS 3.0)
> 90 minutes
4,066x
faster upload time
Cable Modem (DOCSIS 3.1)
> 16.67 minutes
21,382x
faster upload time
Fiber (100 Mbps)
> 9 minutes
40,666x
faster upload time
Fiber (1 Gbps)
> 53 seconds
414,339x
faster upload time
Fiber (10 Gbps)
> 5 seconds
4,392,000x
faster upload time
3G Wireless connection
> 10 hours
DSL (ADSL2+)
> 1.7 hours
600x
faster download time
4G Wireless connection
> 75 minutes
800x
faster download time
Cable Modem (DOCSIS 3.0)
> 9 minutes
6,666x
faster download time
Cable Modem (DOCSIS 3.1)
> 53 seconds
67,924x
faster download time
Fiber (100 Mbps)
> 9 minutes
6,666x
faster download time
Fiber (1 Gbps)
> 53 seconds
67,924x
faster download time
Fiber (10 Gbps)
> 5 seconds
720,000x
faster download time
Does your municipality want a better internet that involved no risk, liability, or obligation of the municipality nor its residents?
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Supporting the municipalities in and near the Rutland Region

The Otter Creek Communications Union District (OCCUD) exists for the purpose of bringing the quality and speed of internet needed to compete in a global economy, access the health services needed, study and work from home as wanted or needed, and overall have the same communication resources as those that live in more urbanized areas.
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Bringing fiber optic to the people of Vermont

Access to reliable high-speed internet is vital to a community’s economic development and global competitiveness.
Formed in July 2020 with the Town of Brandon taking the first step (as outlined in Vermont State Statute) to form a communications union district) and quickly after joined by Goshen, the OCCUD has 11 member municipalities as of November 2020.
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Upcoming Meetings and News

Join us in our monthly meetings or view recordings and notes from previous meetings.

January 2021

January 27, 2021 at 5:00 pm
OCCUD Governing Board Meeting
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The Broadband Innovation Grant

December 29, 2020
In July 2020, the Rutland Regional Planning Commission was awarded a Broadband Innovation Grant by the Vermont Dept of Public Service, allowing it to pursue the development of a feasibility study and business plan for a potential Communications Union District to support the buildout of fiber to the premises throughout the region. This award and […]
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