A utility pole assessment by Lamoille FiberNet Communication Union District is done, moving the district one step closer to the buildout of its fiber-optic broadband network.

The assessment covered certain routes in the towns of Waterville, Belvidere and Eden, as well as north Johnson and part of Cambridge, and 2,924 poles were surveyed in total.

Using data from the pole assessment, Lamoille FiberNet can begin the design and engineering phase of the project, as well as develop a concrete business plan for initial buildout in those areas over the next two to three years.

The pole assessment gathered essential data, including precise GPS locations, height and ownership, according to Lea Kilvadyova, Lamoille FiberNet clerk.

“Before new fiber can be attached to the poles, in some cases, the existing cables will need to be relocated. The pole assessment provided an estimate of the cost required for attaching fiber,” she said.

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