Vermont State Colleges Selects Sovernet to Strengthen Data Network

BELLOWS FALLS, VT (January 26, 2015) - Sovernet Communications announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the Vermont State Colleges (VSC) to upgrade VSC’s redundant ISP connection, located at the Community College of Vermont (CCV) facility in Winooski. Under the terms of the two-year agreement, Sovernet provides primary Internet connectivity for CCV Winooski and backup Internet connectivity for all of the VSC system. CCV Winooski is one of more than 25 locations in the geographically diverse VSC college system.

“Having the Sovernet connection at CCV Winooski provides the security, diversity, and redundancy we need to protect vital data and ensure that we maintain Internet connectivity,” said Tom Maguire, Director of Network Services at Vermont State Colleges. “Installation was seamless.”

Last year, under a separate agreement, Sovernet began providing WAN services to 15 VSC sites throughout the state, including Lyndon State, Castleton State and Vermont Technical College campuses, and numerous CCV academic centers. The move to Sovernet’s state-of-the-art fiber network enabled a nearly ten-fold increase in connectivity speeds for the regionally dispersed VSC locations, while improving network reliability.

“We are very pleased that the Vermont State Colleges has expanded its relationship with Sovernet,” said Gregg Noble, Sovernet’s Business Development Manager, who has responsibility for community anchor customers. “We take great pride that our fiber network connects more than 130 Vermont educational institutions, including the majority of academic campuses in the VSC system.”

About the Vermont State Colleges
The Vermont State College system is composed of five unique institutions: the Community College of Vermont, Castleton State College, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College and the Vermont Technical College. With more than 25 locations across Vermont, the five colleges serve more than 12,000 students annually, of whom 83% are Vermonters.

About Sovernet Communications
Sovernet is a leading regional provider of high-capacity network transport, broadband Internet, and voice services over its 4,500 mile fiber network in northern New England and New York. Sovernet delivers services of up to 100 Gbps to enterprise, carrier, community institution, and government customers throughout the region. Headquartered in Bellows Falls, Vermont, Sovernet also has office and data center facilities in Williston, Vermont; a subsidiary operating under the name of ION in Albany, New York; and other facilities throughout New York, Vermont, and southwest New Hampshire. For more information please visit www.sovernet.com and www.i-o-n.com/