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Shelburne to meet with state over fire tower use

SHELBURNE —Selectmen hope to meet with officials from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation to discuss the town’s possible use of the Shelburne Fire Tower to set up a fixed wireless service for residents with little high-speed Internet access in the Patten Hill district.

The board told Christopher Gray of Hilltown Networks it would be best if any agreement for the town’s use of the fire tower cabin was between the state and town officials. Gray has proposed linking the town’s broadband connection from Memorial Hall to the fire town to provide high-speed fixed wireless Internet for the rural area. The town’s Cable and Technology Committee unanimously support his plan. In return for being allowed to set up the service for subscribers, Hilltown Networks would become the town government’s Internet service provider, free of charge.

“If we enter into an agreement with the DCR to put equipment in the tower, once we get an agreement, the choice of a vendor will be up to us,” Selectman Joseph Judd explained.

A meeting date has not yet been set, but the selectmen invited Gray to attend.

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