Putting people ahead of profits and standing up to powerful special interests on behalf of all Vermonters.

From fighting against misleading food labeling and abusive credit card fees to advocating for an internet that is accessible, fair, and secure for all Vermonters, VPIRG is dedicated to pushing for laws and regulations that better protect the consumer and ensure that Vermont is a desirable, safe, and economically vibrant place to live, work, and raise a family. .

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Recent Consumer Protection News

PUC Extends Halt on Utility Disconnections

PUC Extends Halt on Utility Disconnections

On Monday, the Vermont Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued an order that would extend the moratorium on involuntary utility disconnections due to nonpayment of electricity, natural gas, and landline phone through May 31st, 2021. Under the previous order, it would have expired this Wednesday.    This is good news. We are grateful that the PUC has decided to ...

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VT House Approves $150 Million Community Broadband Bill

VT House Approves $150 Million Community Broadband Bill

The Vermont House voted 145-1 Tuesday to give initial approval to H.360 – the community broadband acceleration bill. The bill uses federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to make the most significant investment ($150 million) in state history toward delivering high-speed internet to every Vermonter. If enacted, this VPIRG-supported legislation will make significant resources ...

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Legal Aid and VPIRG lead push to prevent utility shut offs

Legal Aid and VPIRG lead push to prevent utility shut offs

No Vermonter should have to worry that their utilities could be disconnected during this pandemic because they are unable to make bill payments.  Last March, the Vermont Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued an order halting all involuntary utility disconnections in the wake of the emerging COVID crisis. That order is set to expire in just over a week, but many ...

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House Committee Advances Community Broadband Bill

House Committee Advances Community Broadband Bill

The House Energy and Technology Committee advanced legislation (H.360) Wednesday aimed at accelerating the development of community broadband in Vermont. If enacted, this VPIRG-supported legislation will make significant resources available to the state’s Communications Union Districts (CUDs) – public, municipal entities formed to provide universal, affordable, world-class broadband to their regions. Notably, the legislation would 1.) fund ...

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VT Farmers: Share Your Repair Story

VT Farmers: Share Your Repair Story

If you own a piece of equipment, you should be able to fix it. This seems like a fairly obvious and uncontroversial idea, right? And yet, more and more, consumers are unable to make basic repairs to products they own because manufacturers refuse to provide the parts, tools, and documentation necessary to do so. That’s why VPIRG ...

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VPIRG Supports a Moratorium on Auto Repossessions During the Pandemic

VPIRG Supports a Moratorium on Auto Repossessions During the Pandemic

This isn’t breaking news, but it can’t be repeated enough – the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic devastation it has wrought has caused many Vermonters to face incredible hardships. In Vermont, our elected leaders have enacted a number of policies to mitigate the financial impact of this crisis – and VPIRG members have supported several of ...

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Student Privacy and Consumer Protection Law Takes Effect

Student Privacy and Consumer Protection Law Takes Effect

Act 89 – a wide-ranging data privacy and consumer protection law goes into effect today. This VPIRG-supported law contains a number of key provisions that safeguard Vermont students’ privacy, better informs all Vermonters when their data has been compromised and keeps Vermonters out of unwanted ‘zombie contacts.’ VPIRG members and advocates supported Act 89 during its long ...

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Student Data Privacy Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

Student Data Privacy Bill Heads to Governor's Desk

S.110 – a wide-ranging data privacy and consumer protection law is on Governor Phil Scott’s desk. This VPIRG-supported bill contains a number of key provisions aimed at better protecting Vermonters’ personal information, informing them when their data has been compromised and keeping them out of unwanted ‘zombie contacts.’ S.110 was introduced at the beginning of the 2019 ...

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