MONTPELIER, Vt. — People in seven rural Vermont communities will be getting better broadband internet service thanks to a series of grants through Connectivity Initiative distributed by the Department of Public Service.

The Connectivity Initiative works to expand high-speed broadband service starting with unserved and underserved locations.

ECFiber is getting $72,500 to bring fiber optic cable service to 31 homes and businesses in the towns of Randolph, Royalton and Stockbridge.

Consolidated Communications Inc. received $175,000 to expand broadband to 162 homes and businesses in Reading, Woodstock and Whitingham.

Comcast received a grant of $300,000 to bring cable broadband service to 114 homes and businesses in Cavendish.