Broadband is Coming to Rappahannock County

Who We Are

Rappahannock County Broadband Authority (RCBA)

The Rappahannock County Broadband Authority has partnered with All Points Broadband and the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to bring fiber-optic service to every “unserved” household in Rappahannock County.

The RCBA consists of members of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors.  It was created in order to have a legal entity that was capable of entering into contracts and financial transactions to further the development of broadband accessibility in the County.

ANYONE can register!  While most locations in the county have no broadband service, we would like to hear from everyone.  The survey will guide you to enter information on whether you are currently served or not.

It is especially important for those who are unserved to register their household interest, which can be done by taking the survey.

The Survey is measuring interest only – there is no cost and no commitment by taking the survey.

Project Funding Announced

Governor Northam announced on December 13, 2021 the award of a Virgina Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) Grant to the Northern Shenandoah Regional Commission (NSVRC), which group filed a VATI application on behalf of eight counties to include Rappahannock County. The grant award represents a major advancement toward the RCBA’s goal of providing universal broadband access. Without the VATI Grant, a project of this scale would not otherwise be feasible.

View the latest Press Release from All Points Broadband regarding the VATI award announcement, and the NSVRC 2022 Award Letter from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

See the time line below for the path forward.

Preliminary map of locations in Rappahannock County that have been identified as eligible for project funding. Source: All Points Broadband.

Project Timeline

2020
December

Rappahannock County Broadband Authority is Formed

The Rappahannock County Broadband Authority consists of the members of the Board of Supervisors.  It was created to have a legal entity capable of entering into contracts and agreements on behalf of Rappahannock County.  The RCBA carries forward the work that was previously done by the Rappahannock County Broadband Committee.

2021
June

Seven Counties Enter into MOU with All Points Broadband

In August, Fauquier County joined the now eight-county project.

September

REGIONAL VATI GRANT APPLICATION SUBMITTED

Eight localities joined together with the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission and All Points Broadband to submit a VATI grant application on September 14, 2021.  The localites are Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Warren, Rappahannock, Fauquier, Clark, and Frederick Counties.

October

Challenge / Rebuttal Period Begins

Applications for the grant will contain service areas where households are underserved for broadband access.  Local incumbent providers are given a chance to challenge certain areas in an application if they provide service in these areas.

Applicants will then be given a chance for rebuttal over the challenges.  A final determination will then be made for funding eligibility in the disputed locations.

November

Challenge / Rebuttal Period Ends

November 18, 2021 is the deadline for rebuttal submissions.

December

Challenge Determination Made

All parties will be notified of the challenge determinations by December 3, 2021.

December

Funding Awards Announcement

On December 13, 2021 Governor Northam announced an award of $95.3 million to the NSVRC, which award includes funding for the Rappahannock County portion of the regional project.

View the Governor’s release: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2021/december/headline-916304-en.html

2022
March

Contract Completion Deadline

Rappahannock County Broadband Authority and All Points Broadband will enter into a project contract within 90 days of VATI funding awards and formally accept the grant money at that time.

July

Estimated Start of Construction

Construction of network by All Points Broadband is estimated to begin by July or sooner as the contract and funding are finalized.