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Vermont To Seek New Operator Of Rural Cell Network

Vermont will seek a new operator for a rural cellphone network after a financially troubled company stopped its service.
Vanu CoverageCo provided microcells to improve cellphone reception across about 150 road miles in 26 towns in Vermont. The company struggled with expenses exceeding revenues, and state officials said this spring that it would likely cease operations in Vermont.

This summer the company provided the state with a financial plan to keep operating. Public Service Commissioner June Tierney said the plan was inadequate and the department sought more information.

She said in an email to legislative leaders Thursday that the company's response received Aug. 18 lacked the information requested. She decided to terminate the lease agreements with the company. Vermont Public Radio first reported the story.

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