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Utility, environmentalists spar over Lincoln forest

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Posted on January 10, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



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WAITSFIELD & CHAMPLAIN Valley Telecom has pulled out of a proposal that would have preserved this view of Mount Abraham while upgrading fiber optic telecommunications services on lines running through Lincoln. Photo courtesy of Vermont Family Forests

LINCOLN — A deal that should have ben a win-win-win for a pair of utilities, their customers and the environment has fallen through.

Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom (WCTV) has withdrawn from an agreement that would have relocated utility lines from a protected woodland to the roadside in Lincoln, buried new fiber optic cable through the forest and preserved scenic views of Mount Abraham. The agreement fell through even after the Lincoln selectboard approved the deal and the Vermont Family Forests Foundation (VFF) offered to pick up some of the tab.

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