Who is NEK Broadband?
The NEK Community Broadband Communication Union District is commonly referred to as NEK Broadband. Formed in March of 2020, the district now includes all 55 towns in Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties as well as Wolcott in Lamoille County. Each town has one primary representative on the Governing Board appointed by its select board. NEK Broadband’s purpose is to ensure that every e911 address in the Kingdom with electric utility service and no other high-speed option can access fast, reliable internet service. Construction is a long-term process that will take years to fully realize.
What type of Internet Access will NEK Broadband be offering?
NEK Broadband is building a community-owned 100% fiber-optic network. Fiber-to-the-home will allow us to offer internet speeds up to 1Gbps - and even greater in the future.
Where can I obtain more information about the type of internet service NEK Broadband will be offering?
Visit our website at https://get.nekbroadband.org to declare your interest in having high-speed fiber-optic internet at your address. Once you have registered, you will receive general updates. When service is available at your address, we'll let you know and you'll be able to sign up for service.
How will NEK Broadband internet service compare to other providers?
NEK Broadband will deliver all services through a 100% fiber-to-the-home network that will provide internet access at speeds up to 1Gbps synchronous speeds (same speed for uploads and downloads), and no data caps, all provided by a local, community-owned network.
Who will be funding this project?
Funding will come through state and federal grants, subsidized loans, and fees from internet subscribers for services provided. Financial resources will not include taxes from member towns. In fact, NEK Community Broadband is legally prohibited from using tax dollars directly, and this prohibition includes debts.