Botetourt County moving ahead with broadband
Thanks to the determination, drive, innovation, and the forward thinking of its citizens Botetourt County (BoCo), VA is among the pacesetters of community broadband networks. Thanks also to the “leave no stone un-turned” philosophy of partnership development, the BoCo network will be a hotbed of innovation thanks to the diversity of partners.
BoCo is a county that was hating life online, but that’s about to change. Officially, only 70% ofresidents have Internet access, although some say there are a lot more disconnected citizens than that.
Broadband infrastructure will impact economic development, which is often the driving reason many communities build these networks. “New business starts, net business entity growth,sales tax revenues and business license revenue are all objective criteria we use for tracking economic development success,” says Ken McFadyen, who is the Director of Economic Development for Botetourt County. “Subjectively, you know economic development success when you see it!”
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