NEK Broadband will kick off the next phase of its construction of a fiber optic broadband system across the NEK on Monday

NEK Broadband will kick off the next phase of its construction of a fiber optic broadband system across the NEK on Monday. NEK Broadband Executive Director Christa Shute said it will begin building “backbone” lines on Monday. This construction is funded by a $16 million grant NEK Broadband received this spring from the Vermont Community Broadband Board and will include lines that run south through Lower Waterford and onto Barnet and north through Concord, Kirby, St. Johnsbury and Lyndon eventually reaching existing fiber in Brighton, said Shute. NEK Broadband is currently wrapping up some smaller pilot projects that were funded with CARES Act money and other grants previously and is making service available to 183 addresses in the Concord and Waterford area.