BARRE, Vt. — A plan to wire parts of rural central Vermont with fiber optic cable to provide high-speed internet will go before voters in 13 cities and towns.

The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reports that the proposal would establish a nonprofit company called Central Vermont Internet, which would provide internet service for about $66 a month.

The plan was proposed by Jeremy Hansen, a member of the Berlin Select Board and a computer science professor at Norwich University.

If approved, the company would aim to start construction of the network in 2020.

The plan will be on town meeting ballots in Barre, Barre Town, Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Marshfield, Middlesex, Montpelier, Northfield, Plainfield, Roxbury, Williamstown and Worcester. Hansen says there is also some support in Elmore and Moretown, which could join later.

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