Town of Bennington Selects FirstLight for Secure Connectivity

The town of Bennington, Vermont has selected FirstLight to provide fiber optic connectivity and a managed firewall to its main office and satellite locations.

The town is turning to fiber connectivity to manage important community information concerning traffic updates, storm issues, emergencies, and school closings.

At the same time, the town is looking to safeguard against cyberattacks that could hinder communication and cause data breaches.

“An important aspect of this project is the increased security and interconnectivity it provides to our entire system and facilities, along with redundant back up,” says town manager Stuart A. Hurd. “Bennington, Vermont is a town of 15,700 people located at the base of the Green Mountains. While we are rural in nature, we need the highest level of interconnectivity and, certainly, in today’s world, the highest level of security this system provides.”

“Municipal leaders need to be able to interact with the public quickly and efficiently, and ensure information is secure,” adds Kurt Van Wagenen, FirstLight President and CEO. “In addition, they need to share information seamlessly among members of various departments. Our fiber connectivity and firewall solutions allow municipalities to ensure they have the bandwidth and the high degree of security they need to serve their residents well.”