State asks towns to share the cost of rural cell coverage, if they want it

VT Digger: Vermont’s Department of Public Service has a new idea for connecting rural towns to basic cell service: ask the localities to pay for it themselves.

The department put out a bid this summer for a company to replace CoverageCo, which had its state contract cancelled after failing to turn a profit — or pay its bills — on microcell technology deployed in rural parts of the state, where larger providers aren’t interested in expanding.

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