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Vermont broadband documentary explores role of community in connectivity

On this week’s Priorities podcast, Christia Hallquist, director of the Vermont Community Broadband Board, and Heryn Herzog, the board’s communications and outreach manager, share their documentary, “Connected: Vermont’s Grassroots Effort for Rural Broadband.” The film, which was released last month, explores the parallels between Vermont’s grassroots effort to connect homes with electricity decades ago to the current project of connecting every resident with high-speed internet. It features residents who rely on the internet to grow their businesses and access health care and education.

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Priorities Podcast


Each week, the Priorities Podcast will take you through the latest in state and local government technology news and analysis. The program will explore trending stories throughout the week, as well as feature conversations with top executives across government and industry on things like modernization, emerging technology and digital services.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.