Maple Broadband

About Us

Our Goal

At Maple Broadband, our mission is to enhance the economic, educational, and medical well-being of the communities we serve by providing a high-speed, reliable, affordable fiber internet network to all unserved and underserved households and businesses in our member towns; supported by prompt, skilled, helpful customer service.

Who We Are

Some of the most distinctive leaps in service in recent years across the state have come from communities banding together or partnering with existing telecom providers to build their own fiber networks or wireless towers, a process that requires years of focus.

Addison County Communications Union District (ACCUD) is the name of the collection of Vermont towns that have banded together, allowable under recently passed state law, with the objective of establishing reliable, affordable, high-speed broadband Internet service for our member towns. ACCUD is currently composed of 20 member towns.

Maple Broadband is a not-for-profit municipal entity that is working towards making affordable, reliable internet service available to all households and businesses within the district, along with prompt, user-friendly customer service.

The selectboards of each member town appoint a delegate and up to two alternates, to represent their town in regular Maple Broadband governing board meetings. According to state statute, each member town holds one vote for all board actions. The governing board conducts its business through an Executive Committee leadership team.

What is a Communications Union District?

A Communications Union District (CUD):

  • Is a municipal entity made up of 2 or more towns.
  • Can unite and raise revenue to design, build, and operate a network.
  • Allows towns to work together to develop connectivity solutions.
  • Involves no financial risk to the taxpayer or municipality.
  • Begins when the town selectboard votes to join the CUD and appoints a representative to the CUD Board.
  • Is managed by a governing board composed of a delegate and an alternate from each town in the CUD.
Our Goal is to Ensure Vermont’s communities are connected, and we are putting in the work to make it happen

Member Towns

Maple Broadband and ACCUD are currently made up of 20 member towns across Addison county in Vermont. We aim to connect underserved communities with high-speed technology and our network is continually expanding.

Current member towns in our CUD:

  • Addison

    Addison is a town in Addison County, in mid-west Vermont, founded in October 1761 and was named after Joseph Addison, an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician.

    Joined Maple Broadband: April 2021
    Maple Broadband representative: Jeff Kauffman; alternate Paul Nikolich

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 45%
    Road miles: 57 miles

  • Bridport

    Bridport was chartered on October 9, 1761. It is the center of Addison county’s western tier of towns and is bounded on the west by Lake Champlain.

    Joined Maple Broadband: February 2021
    Maple Broadband representatives: Rick Scott; alternate Mike Sheets

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 16%
    Road miles: 71 miles

  • Bristol

    Chartered in 1762, Bristol is in northeastern Addison County, at the western foot of the Green Mountains. The New Haven River, a tributary of Otter Creek, flows out of the mountains through the town center.

    Joined Maple Broadband: October 2020
    Maple Broadband representatives: Dan Sonneborn; alternates Ian Albinson, Mark P Gibson

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 94%
    Road miles: 49 miles

  • Cornwall

    Cornwall was founded in 1761 and the town was organized in 1784. The early settlers of Cornwall were, “almost without exception, men who were inclined by nature to pursuits purely agricultural.”

    Joined Maple Broadband: October 2020
    Maple Broadband representatives: Magna Dodge; alternates Bill Johnson, Cy Tall

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 18%
    Road miles: 45 miles

  • Ferrisburgh

    Founded in 1762, Ferrisburgh comprises roughly 61 square miles of land in the Lake Champlain Valley. It is ranked as Vermont’s ninth largest town in area. Ferrisburgh also enjoys the longest shoreline frontage of any Vermont town bordering Lake Champlain, at 21 miles.

    Joined Maple Broadband: October 2020
    Maple Broadband representatives: Steve Huffaker; alternate Jessica James

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 56%
    Road miles: 82 miles

  • Leicester

    Chartered in 1761, Leicester is located along the southern border of Addison County at the western edge of the Green Mountains.

    Joined Maple Broadband: October 2020
    Maple Broadband representatives: Brad Lawes; alternate Tom Barker

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 96%
    Road miles: 28 miles

  • Lincoln

    Lincoln was charted in 1780 and settled by Quakers shortly thereafter. Known primarily for its scenic and natural surroundings, Lincoln is situated at the foot of Mount Abraham in the Green Mountains, and the village center rests on the banks of the New Haven River.

    Joined Maple Broadband: October 2020
    Maple Broadband representative: Kate McGowan

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 64%
    Road miles: 52 miles

  • Middlebury

    Middlebury was chartered in 1761 and settled just after the end of the Revolutionary War. It is the shire town (county seat) of Addison County and its beautiful village area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Joined Maple Broadband: October 2020
    Maple Broadband representatives: Ross Conrad; alternates Andy Hooper, Hugh McLaughlin

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 95%
    Road Mileage: 82 miles

  • Monkton

    Monkton was chartered in 1762. Home to the communities of Monkton Boro and Monkton Ridge, Monkton featured prominently in the nation’s bicentennial celebration, and contributed iron ore to the naval fleet in the War of 1812.

    Joined Maple Broadband: October 2020
    Maple Broadband representatives: Mark Boltz-Robinson

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 74%
    Road miles: 52 miles

  • New Haven

    New Haven was chartered 1761. In addition to the town center, New Haven contains the communities of Belden (sometimes called Belden Falls), Brooksville, New Haven Junction, and New Haven Mills.

    Joined Maple Broadband: October 2020
    Maple Broadband representatives: Jim Walsh; alternate Ellie de Villiers

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 65%
    Road miles: 63 miles

  • Orwell

    Orwell was chartered in 1761 and is home to Mount Independence, an important Revolutionary era fortification. Located in the southwest corner of Addison County, it borders Lake Champlain and sits across from Ticonderoga.

    Joined Maple Broadband: October 2020
    Maple Broadband representatives: Sandy (Sidney) Korda; alternates Dave Carpenter, Dave Larson

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 0%
    Road miles: 75 miles

  • Panton

    Panton was chartered in 1761 and borders Lake Champlain, Otter Creek, and Dead Creek. Panton was home to Peter Ferris, an important figure in the Revolutionary War.

    Joined Maple Broadband: October 2020
    Maple Broadband representative: Howard Hall

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 53%
    Road miles: 24 miles

  • Ripton

    Chartered 1781, Ripton is located in east-central Addison County and home to Bread Loaf Mountain. The mountain lends its name to the community of Bread Loaf and to the writers’ conference that is held there every summer.

    Joined Maple Broadband: October 2020
    Maple Broadband representatives: Billy Sneed; alternates Jeremy Grip, Tim Hanson

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 9%
    Road miles: 29 miles

  • Salisbury

    Salisbury was chartered in 1761. Branbury State Park, on the shore of Lake Dunmore, is located in Salisbury. The park originally operated as a farm and then a summer boys’ camp before being named a state park in 1945

    Joined Maple Broadband: October 2020
    Maple Broadband representatives: Paul Vaczy

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 15%
    Road miles: 40 miles

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  • Shoreham

    Chartered 1761, located in the Champlain Valley of Addison County, Shoreham borders the lake and boasts a rich agricultural heritage — including the production of milk, apples, vegetables, maple syrup, and berries.

    Joined Maple Broadband: October 2020
    Maple Broadband representatives: Carl Siebecker; alternate Eric Boire

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 13%
    Road miles: 78 miles

  • Starksboro

    Chartered in 1780 and named after John Stark, a prominent Officer from the New Hampshire Militia during the Revolutionary War, Starksboro is located in the northeast corner of Addison County, along the western edge of the Green Mountains.

    Joined Maple Broadband: October 2020
    Maple Broadband representative: Nancy Cornell; alternate Rich Warren

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 69%
    Road miles: 44 miles

  • Vergennes

    Vergennes was Vermont’s first city 1788 and bills itself as America’s smallest city. The city’s name was suggested by Ethan Allen to honor the Comte de Vergennes who served as the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and negotiator of the Treaty of Paris.

    Joined Maple Broadband: April 2021
    Maple Broadband representative: Shannon Haggett

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 99%
    Road miles: 44 miles

  • Waltham

    Chartered in 1796, Waltham is located in northern Addison County, in the Champlain Valley. It is home to Buck Mountain. Otter Creek, one of the longest rivers in Vermont, forms the western border.

    Joined Maple Broadband: October 2020
    Maple Broadband representatives: Andrew S. Martin; alternate Tim Ryan

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 52%
    Road miles: 13 miles

  • Weybridge

    Chartered in 1761 by a hardy crew from Connecticut, Weybridge continues its traditions of farming, water power, and close community. Weybridge is home to the University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm and Monument Farms Dairy. Otter Creek weaves through the town on its way to Lake Champlain.

    Joined Maple Broadband: October 2020
    Maple Broadband representative: Spencer Putnam

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 43%
    Road miles: 32 miles

  • Whiting

    Whiting, one of the southern tier of towns of the county, was chartered in 1763 to forty-eight grantees, and though abandoned during the Revolutionary War, was resettled shortly thereafter.

    Joined Maple Broadband: February 2021
    Maple Broadband representative: Ellen Kurrelmeyer

    Town website
    Percent Served Via Direct Connection To Fiber or Coaxial Cable: 0%
    Road miles: 19 miles

Our mission is to enhance the economic, educational, and medical well-being of the communities we serve by providing a high-speed, reliable, affordable fiber internet network to all households and businesses; supported by prompt, skilled, helpful customer service

Maple Broadband in the News

Read about our efforts and progress in extending connectivity to our Addison County community.

  • Area Sees New Effort to Boost Broadband | Addison County Independent | July 16, 2020 — Read More »
  • High-speed Internet Effort Gains Steam | Addison County Independent | November 11, 2020 — Read More »
  • Funding is Key to Expanded Broadband | Addison County Independent | April 22, 2021 — Read More »
  • County internet utility finds partner, seeks funding | Addison County Independent | August 26, 2021 — Read More »
  • With a Fitting Name, Maple Broadband Pursues Public Private Partnership in Vermont | Telecompetitor | August 27, 2021 — Read More »
  • Maple Broadband Sets the Table for FTTH Network | Community Networks | September 7, 2021 — Read More »
Maple Broadband*** February 2, 2021