From Bloomberg Business Week: Gov. Peter Shumlin and electric and telecom utility officials announced an agreement Wednesday that they said would give Vermont more control over energy consumption, expand access to broadband and create jobs.

The agreement between Green Mountain Power, Central Vermont Public Service Corp., and Vermont Telephone Co. calls for deployment of smart-grid technology, in which information about electrical usage will be transmitted over a newly expanded broadband Internet system serving the state. It also will enable VTel to deploy broadband Internet access to a territory about 20% to 25% larger than was previously planned. Read the entire article here.