VAN: the Vermont Access Network

Vermont Access Network (VAN) connects 25 Community Media Centers that together operate 49 local cable channels across Vermont. VAN Members use emerging communications technologies to:

  • foster free speech
  • encourage civic engagement
  • enhance public discourse
  • allow elected officials and community members to communicate better

VAN Members work for Vermont.  They . . .

  • employ 78 full- and 103 part-time professionals
  • present more than 16,800 local video programs every year
  • work with state and local officials to develop new funding strategies that preserve local PEG access
  • provide PEG Access to more Vermonters through use of broadband technologies

It has been conservatively estimated that our 25 community media access centers annually provide over $30 million in services to Vermont’s nonprofit, educators, libraries, municipalities and individuals–giving back to our communities five times the funding provided to us by Vermont’s six largest cable television companies.

VAN’s Governance

As per VAN’s Bylaws, VAN members vote each May to fill the expiring and vacant seats of its seven-Director Board.  The Directors elect their officers:  a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and a Regional Representative for the four AMO Regions.  AMOs whose facilities are located within the quadrants created by US Route 4 and Vermont Route 100 are members of that Region.

The Board meets monthly, usually via conference call, the fourth Thursday of each month.  You can download and read the Minutes of its meetings for the current and prior fiscal year.