Wednesday, January 4, 2017

VTel awards prizes in holiday drawing

Vermont Telephone Company, Inc., and sister company VTel Wireless, Inc. are pleased to announce the winners of $15,000 in cash awards, and ten Apple iPad Air 2’s for its “Holiday Thank You” Promotion.

Springfield, Vermont, January 3, 2016 – Vermont Telephone Company, Inc., and sister company VTel Wireless, Inc. are pleased to announce the winners of $15,000 in cash awards, and ten Apple iPad Air 2’s for its “Holiday Thank You” Promotion.

To promote the contest, Vermont Telephone mailed postcards to households in its service territory, and VTel Wireless mailed postcards to households across Vermont. Winners were randomly selected from respondents who received the postcards. The Vermont Telephone prizes included a $5,000 grand prize, and fifty runner-up prizes of $100. VTel Wireless offered another $5,000 grand prize, as well as ten Apple iPad 2’s connected to its 4G LTE network.

The winner of Vermont Telephone’s $5,000 grand prize was Stephanie Sumner of Springfield. As an existing customer, she said, “I love VTel because I am a local blogger who recently became a customer, and your internet is reliable and fast, thus helping me optimize my income and success as a full-time blogger. My old internet provider was very unreliable.” The fifty winners of the $100 prize were: Charles, Jim, John, Nicholas, Nina, and Rodney of Chester; Alice of Cuttingsville; Ed and Lyle of Grafton; Andi, Judith, and Thomas of Hartland; Melissa and Robert of Killington; Zohara of Middletown Springs; Joan, Krey, Mark, and Stacy of Mount Holly; Jesse, Mary, and Tom of Pawlet; Brien of Proctorsville; Ned of Saxtons River; James of Shrewsbury; Pam and Paul of North Springfield; Amanda, Catherine, Charles, John, Karen, Krista, Linda, Lisa, Loretta, Mark, Ross, Sharon, and Tina of Springfield; Jeanne and Tyler of Tinmouth; Albert, Donald, Jane, Jeffrey, Kathy, Lawrence, and Peg of Wallingford; and Patty of Weathersfield.

The winner of VTel Wireless’ $5,000 grand prize was Monica Tolman of Orange, who signed up for new service. The ten winners of the iPad Air 2 prize were: Apryl of Eden, Uwe of Lowell, Allison of Marshfield, Kim of Montpelier, Bev of Newark, Monica of Pittsford, Charles and Dean of St. Albans, Clifton of Vergennes, and Adam of Wardsboro.

Jessica Bray, Graphic Design and Digital Media Specialist at Vermont Telephone, expressed that “It has been an honor to coordinate this promotion that brought so much holiday cheer to dozens of families across Vermont. When we saw the responses that were pouring in as part of the contest entries, we could see that this service has really been changing peoples’ lives, and interest is clearly spreading rapidly across the state.” “I hear many good things about VTel, and would happily consider it for my internet service,” said Scott of West Brookfield. Joyce from Greensboro Bend explained, “I just love my VTel Wireless service! I recently switched from DSL to your wireless modem, and love that there is no contract, and the people who answer the phones are so pleasant and very helpful . . . I have recommended VTel to my friends, so hopefully they will switch over like I did as I know that they will be extremely happy with your service.” Additionally, respondent Elizabeth of Springfield testified that “VTel provides my family with the fastest internet connection in the area. As a single mother of 3 children, I need this internet so that I may continue working towards my PhD.”

“We also heard from our longtime customers, who reaffirmed their commitment to their local, family-owned telephone company,” Jessica Bray added. Douglas of Hartland testified that “As a VTel customer for 20 years, I have been amazed that a small, privately owned company could always be at the cutting edge of communications technology such as fiber optic cable, and even before that, high speed access.” Madeline of Pawlet also professed, “You've been our provider for 33 years now. And I don't see any reason to change. Thanks.”


Headquartered in Springfield, Vermont, VTel is a small family-owned communications company serving 14 rural Vermont communities, delivering GigE over fiber to every home in its service area, and offering 4G LTE wireless services statewide. The company also operates a state-of-the-art 1,400 mile optical fiber network to New York, Montreal, and Boston, delivering 100 Gig data paths to several of the largest universities in the northeast. VTel prides itself on world-class communications services, while answering customer phone calls with a friendly voice on the first ring.

VTel’s network has been serving rural Vermont since 1890, and provided the phone line that enabled Calvin Coolidge to be sworn in as United States President, at Plymouth Notch, Vermont, on August 3, 1923. VTel’s executives, highlighting their ‘customer is always right’ tradition, add that President Coolidge’s father asked that the phone line be removed the day after Calvin Coolidge’s inauguration, and the company complied. VTel was the first telephone company in Vermont to offer Internet services, in 1994-1995, and is today pioneering GigE Internet to homes, as well as super-fast 4G LTE wireless Internet statewide. For more information, visit and    

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