A plan to bring broadband service to 22 communities in Vermont is in need of credit enhancement to help the program move forward with a $100 million certificate of participation deal, according to its proponents.

The volatile municipal market has shut the East Central Vermont Community Fiber Network out of selling the $100 million of COPs, but a guaranteed backing by a third party - such as a vendor associated with the project or a local bank - could give ECFiber the help it needs at market.

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