The Otter Creek Communications Union District (OCCUD) exists to bring connectivity solutions that support municipalities in and near the Regions of Rutland, Vermont.
Otter Creek Communications Union District (OCCUD) Triumphs with Award of Act 71 Construction Grant by VCBB
[Rutland, Vermont – September 11, 2023] — Otter Creek CommunicationsUnion District (OCCUD) is delighted to announce a momentous milestone in its mission to transform Rutland regions digitalclandscape. The Vermont Community Broadband Board (VCBB) has officially approved OCCUD’s Act 71 Construction Grant application, giving the green light to a project that will bring high-speed fiber broadband to the rural communities of Rutland.
This grant, a culmination of dedicated efforts and a shared vision for a digitally connected Rutland region, will facilitate OCCUD's ambitious project targeting 4,135 locations in Benson, Brandon, Castleton, Chittenden, Fair Haven, Goshen, Hubbardton, Pawlet, Pittsford, Poultney, Sudbury, Wells, and West Haven. Construction is slated to begin in early 2024 and is projected to be completed by the end of 2025.
"We are thrilled that our application for the Act 71 Construction Grant was approved by the VCBB," says Laura Black, Chair of OCCUD. "This grant is a true testament to our commitment to bridging the digital divide, lifting up our communities, and ensuring that everyone, regardless of where they live, can experience the life-changing benefits of high-speed internet."
OCCUD extends gratitude to all stakeholders, community members, and partners, especially Consolidated Communications, Inc. (Fidium), for their invaluable support throughout this journey. The team at OCCUD is eagerly looking ahead to the opportunity to deliver world-class broadband
infrastructure and foster a more connected and digitally inclusive Rutland region.
Updates on the project's progress will be shared as OCCUD works tirelessly to make Rutland's digital aspirations a reality.