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Hanover County announces All Points Broadband will assist in delivering broadband access

Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 6:05 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2021 at 5:43 PM EDT
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HANOVER, Va. (WWBT) - Hanover County announced All Points Broadband, along with Dominion Energy and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, will be assisting in delivering broadband access to those unserved areas.

Hanover and its partners will focus on areas where residents must use satellite, DSL, cell phones or mobile hot spots, which do not provide adequate speed and data for today’s technology.

All Points Broadband will provide access with minimum speeds of 100 Mbps/100 Mbps to those who have a broadband connection of at least 25 Mbps/3 Mbps.

Dominion Energy is working to provide “middle-mile” fiber optic cable infrastructure that can also be used to bridge the digital gap and reduce broadband deployment costs in Hanover County and other areas of the state.

Making sure all areas of Hanover will have broadband availability will require state and federal financial support and a multi-year construction timeframe.

“Broadband is probably the No. 1 issue that we hear about from our citizens on a day-to-day basis,” John Budesky said. “The proposed investment will also enable us to leverage state and federal funds and make us much more competitive for grants.”

On July 28, the Board of Supervisors will consider appropriating federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to jumpstart this process. ARPA funding is specifically designated for facilitating the delivery of high-quality broadband access.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Hanover County as well our rural residents who have been impacted by the lack of access to broadband that many in suburban areas currently have,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman, Sean M. Davis.

By the end of Aug. 2021, All Points Broadband will develop a network design for presentation to the Board of Supervisors and approval in September. The county will apply for grants through the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) in September and grant announcements will be made by late 2021 or early 2022. Funding would be made available by July 2022 and construction could begin as early as the fall of 2022.

Residents are encouraged to contact their State and Federal legislators and ask them to support broadband funding. Businesses or residents who want broadband but do not have it, are asked to complete a broadband availability survey at fiber.allpointsbroadband.com and to determine whether your location has been identified as unserved by fiber, and subscribe for project information and updates.

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