On Wednesday the Rappahannock County Broadband Authority extended the deadline on its request for information (RFI) to Friday, July 16. The extension gives internet service providers an additional week to show interest.
The Rappahannock County Broadband Authority met Monday to finalize the details of a request for information (RFI) directed at local internet service providers. The authority is seeking partnerships to apply for state funding to improve the county’s broadband infrastructure.
In a few important ways, Wise County in southwestern Virginia has a lot in common with Rappahannock: It’s mountainous, it’s rural, and roughly 40 percent of its school-aged population didn’t have reliable access to the internet when the pandemic began in March 2020.
The Rappahannock County Broadband Authority will send internet service providers a request for information (RFI) by June 22 regarding potential partnerships to increase broadband in the county.
At their monthly meeting Monday, members of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors unanimously declined, at least for now, to thwart the intentions of their predecessors — who, in 2006, allowed the then-owner of the Blue Rock Inn property to build a three-bedroom residence there on the condition that it would never be used for commercial purposes.
The Rappahannock County Broadband Authority is racing against the clock to meet a filing deadline for state funding through the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI). The county must submit a notice of application by July 27 and formalize the application by September 14.
The Rappahannock County Broadband Authority unanimously adopted its bylaws on Monday night. The purpose of the authority, made up exclusively of the members of the Board of Supervisors, is “to facilitate the provision of broadband service to the general public in Rappahannock County.”
The members of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors, which met Monday in two public sessions, spent the better part of five hours listening. Its actions were sparse and not much related to the usual business of local governance — ordinance amendments, budgeting, planning and the like.
The regional nonprofit People Incorporated is launching a new program to help community members who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic access internet service. The agency will assist clients in setting up their accounts and is offering to pay for up to six months of internet service…
RICHMOND — The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation in an effort to expand broadband internet access to low-income students across the commonwealth.
Part 3 of 3: Foothills Forum and the Rappahannock News look back on 2020 with a focus on COVID-19 as well as several key issues – schools, broadband and cellular, business, housing -- we have reported on throughout the year.
Foothills Forum and the Rappahannock News look back on 2020 with a focus on COVID-19 as well as several key issues – schools, broadband and cellular, business, housing -- we have reported on throughout the year.
With Rappahannock’s broadband gap more exposed than ever during the coronavirus pandemic, the Board of Supervisors (BOS) is looking to ratchet up its efforts to do something about it.
At a continued meeting on Monday night the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors decided to remove the controversial village maps from the drafted comprehensive plan and revisit them at a later date.
‘... property owners are essentially giving up additional rights for these for-profit companies to use their land as profit’
The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors met for a special session at the high school on Friday night to allocate its second round of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding.
Electric Cooperatives, like REC, are democratic and member-owned, meaning that all ratepayers in a cooperative have equity in the company and get to vote for the company’s leadership.
The broadband committee has been searching for ways to bring better connectivity to Rappahannock at a time when it’s become a prime means of work, education, health and safety.
Sanford Reaves Jr., incumbent candidate for Region IV director on the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative board of directors, said it would cost the member-owned utility too much money to provide broadband service and it wouldn’t offer a return on investment by the time the technology is antiquated.
Yet it seems REC might now at least be considering inching closer to making rural broadband actually happen here. We don’t know for sure because REC holds its board meetings behind closed doors, leaving co-op member-owners in the dark as to what our well-paid board members are doing.
Supervisors, county private interests commit $300,000 to effort: The Rappahannock Board of Supervisors on Monday took one more step toward bringing much-needed broadband to the county.
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the following letter was sent today to Rappahannock County’s several hundred subscribers of Piedmont Broadband from company head Rich Shoemaker:
So I recommend this letter from the Children's Health Defense, which should be read by all our elected officials, County Administrator, emergency committees, law enforcement, rescue services, and any others involved in how we handle this pandemic in our county.
‘Everything . . . is here, whether the searcher is a D.C. day tripper, a Canadian tourist or a local looking to entertain visitors for the weekend’
The vote is in on the Woodville and Scrabble cell tower applications. In today’s afternoon session, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors voted four-to-zero to deny the application from Community Wireless Structures to construct a cell tower on Eldon Farms in Woodville, but voted thre…