The Vermont Statutes Online
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§ 8082. Definitions
As used in this chapter:
(1) “Board” means the Vermont Community Broadband Board.
(2) “Broadband service” or “broadband” means a mass-market retail service by wire or radio in Vermont that provides the capability to transmit data to and receive data from all or substantially all Internet endpoints, including any capabilities that are incidental to and enable the operation of the communications service, but excluding dial-up Internet access service.
(3) “Department” means the Department of Public Service.
(4) “Eligible provider” means:
(A) a communications union district;
(B) a small communications carrier; or
(C) an Internet service provider working in conjunction with a communications union district to expand broadband service to unserved and underserved locations as part of a plan to achieve universal broadband coverage in the district.
(5) “Fund” means the Vermont Community Broadband Fund established by this chapter.
(6) “Internet service provider” means a business that provides broadband Internet access service to any person in Vermont.
(7) “Location” means an E-911 business or residential address connected to the electric power grid.
(8) “Municipality” means a city, town, incorporated village, or unorganized town or gore.
(9) “Served” means a location that has access to broadband service capable of speeds of at least 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload.
(10) “Small communications carrier” means:
(A) a carrier that has elected to be regulated under subsection 227d(a) of this title; or
(B) an Internet service provider that operates in not more than five counties.
(11) “Underserved” means a location that only has access to broadband service capable of speeds of at least 4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload but less than 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload.
(12) “Universal service plan” means a plan for providing each unserved and underserved location in a communications union district or in a municipality that was not part of a communications union district prior to June 1, 2021 access to broadband service capable of speeds of at least 100 Mbps download and 100 Mbps upload.
(13) “Unserved” means a location that only has access to broadband capable of speeds of less than 4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload. (Added 2021, No. 71, § 2, eff. June 8, 2021.)