Botetourt County receives phased plan on building broadband in unserved areas
The Botetourt County Broadband Commission received a report Friday outlining a phased plan for building broadband infrastructure in unserved areas of the county.
The county is one of many in Virginia seeking ways to bring high-speed internet service to a largely rural setting. Nearby Bedford and Franklin counties, for instance, are both in different stages of trying to bridge the same broadband gap.
Botetourt County hired Sandie Terry, a consultant county officials discovered during last year’s broadband summit, to prepare a report on how it could best tackle the lack of internet access.
Terry’s report found that more than 30 percent of Botetourt County addresses have no access to fixed broadband, including almost 400 businesses. Using this data, Terry organized the county into five sections and prioritized which ones should be served first.
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