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The long-waited wireless broadband service from NCIC and EZ North came to the home of Kathi and David Govatski on Friday, thanks to the efforts of NCIC, EZ North, and substantial federal economic development dollars funneled through the Wireless LINC project. (Photo by Dave Govatski) (click for larger version)
July 21, 2010
JEFFERSON — EZ North technician John Stinehour of Lunenburg, Vt., installed the first wireless broadband equipment on Friday morning at the home of Kathi and David Govatski, not far from the Whitefield-Jefferson town line off Route 116.

The signal is coming from a tower on the side of Cherry Mountain.

Mr. Govatski reports reliable high-speed service with a signal strength of 4 Mbps download speed and 2 Mbps upload speed.

"Having high speed internet will help businesses, the local economy and students in the North Country," Mr. Govatski stated. "I hope that in the next few years everyone who wants high-speed Internet in the North Country and Northeast Kingdom will have the opportunity to get it."

The provider, EZ North, is working with Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC) of Lancaster and St. Johnsbury, Vt., to bring broadband to the region. In Jefferson, Time-Warner Cable serves homes and businesses on Route 2 and for about a third-of-a-mile on either side.

Now, however, other Jefferson residents in more remote areas, can either telephone a toll-free number at 866-553-7361 for more information or visit a website: www.wireless-linc.com, explained NCIC vice president Cathy Conway of Jefferson.

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