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State Official Went Roaming Around Vermont To Test Cell Coverage Claims

Corey Chase, a state telecommunications infrastructure specialist, went on a road trip to ground-truth cell carriers' claims about coverage. Photo by John Dillon for VPR

Corey Chase, a state telecommunications infrastructure specialist, went on a road trip to ground-truth cell carriers’ claims about coverage. Photo by John Dillon for VPR

A Vermont Department of Public Service employee drove more than 6,000 miles around the state this fall to test the adequacy of wireless coverage. What he found is now part of a detailed challenge before the Federal Communications Commission that officials hope will bring federal dollars into the state to improve the wireless network.

The effort involved six cell phones, a state-owned Prius and an app from a software developer in Bulgaria.

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