Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Gloucester Makes Strides Towards Wider Broadband Access

Gloucester County has compiled all the information on its broadband internet initiative into one easy to use website. (Courtesy of Gloucester County)

GLOUCESTER — Gloucester County has announced the launch of an information hub on its website that contains all of the information regarding the ongoing broadband and connectivity initiative.

The project was announced in March 2021 after Gloucester received a Virginia Telecommunication Initiative grant for almost $350,000. The county aims to bolster internet services in underserved rural areas by constructing a fixed wireless network with Open Broadband, a North Carolina-based internet service provider.

Addresses with the “cones” that don’t have access to Cox Communications in Gloucester or Atlantic Broadband in Mathews County are included in the Fixed Wireless Service Grant. (Courtesy of Gloucester County)

The hub aims to give Gloucester residents as much information as possible concerning the project and how it will effect the community. Included in the hub is a PowerPoint presentation given by County Administrator Carol Steele. In the presentation she goes over who, what, where and how regarding connectivity in the area.

“We are excited to bring this new informational hub to our citizens,” Steele said. “We receive many  inquiries about broadband availability in the County on a daily basis, and we hope the information  provided on this site will help answer most of those questions.”

For more information on the grant or the project, checkout the Gloucester County website.

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