The Rappahannock County Broadband Committee was established by the county’s Board of Supervisors on November 7, 2016.
Appointed members are: Margaret Spencer Bond, Dr. William Dant, Edward Goshorn, Jr., Michael Mahoney, Todd Summers, and Alan Zuschlag. Supervisor John Lesinksi chairs the Committee. Casey Eitner was appointed but subsequently resigned.
Broadband is essential infrastructure that residents and businesses alike rely on to work, learn, access health care and access county services.
The objective of this committee is data collection to understand where we are, what we have and what residents and businesses want to ensure we provide a cost effective, efficient, well informed planned effort to meet our current and future needs.
- Review and update the most recent County Broadband Report with current information, technological advances, and changes since the last publication in 2007.
- Create and maintain an inventory of public and private broadband assets including fiber/conduit in the right of way, towers and other assets.
- Research/survey residents, local public and emergency agencies, schools, health care providers, utility and service providers to define wants and needs with specific focus on ensuring coverage for mission critical needs.
- Research/survey current IT providers, i.e. Century Link, Virginia Broadband, Piedmont Broadband, Comcast, TMobile, Sprint, etc. to understand their associated costs, inventory, new technologies, and interests in providing broadband to the County.
- Meet with Orange County government, and collect information on their fiber initiatives, costs, and advantages, if any, for Rappahannock County.
- Understand initiatives of FirstNet (State of Virginia’s committee to review broadband throughout the State for first responders) and the impact to the County.
- Research opportunities for grants, financial assistance and non-taxpayer funding options.
- Summarize data collected and provide an overview to the Board of Supervisors. Recommend next steps and associated costs.
Information on and analysis of broadband needs, issues, trends, applications and funding, summarized concisely and clearly to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation for next steps, including potential costs to the County.
The implementation of this committee is for the collection of data only and next steps, if applicable, will be solely at the discretion of the Board of Supervisors.