Broadband Internet Pilot to Support Access to Healthcare, Jobs and Education for Thousands in Rural Virginia
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"With so many Virginians working and learning from home due to COVID-19, access to reliable internet is an absolute necessity," said
More than 500,000 Virginians still live without easy access to high-speed internet. Extending broadband internet access would support economic development, social equity, public safety, educational opportunities, and healthcare services for citizens of the Commonwealth.
In rural areas, it's not cost effective for Internet Service Providers to lay the fiber necessary to reach less-populated communities with broadband internet.
"Access to high-speed broadband provides opportunities for our community to attract new businesses, create jobs, and increase the number of citizens with work-from-home capabilities," said
The three proposed pilot projects are the first the company has brought forward under the Grid Transformation & Security Act of 2018 and legislation patroned by Del.
Surry County: Dominion Energyproposes to install 43 miles of middle-mile fiber infrastructure. The company has entered into a partnership with Prince George Electric Cooperative(PGEC)'s Internet Service Provider subsidiary, RURALBAND, to provide high-speed internet access to unserved residents in rural areas of Surry County.
Botetourt County: Dominion Energyproposes to install 34 miles of middle-mile fiber infrastructure, partnering with BARC Electric Cooperativeand their BARC Connects Internet Service Provider to create access in unserved areas of Botetourt County.
Dominion Energyproposes to install approximately 217 miles of middle-mile fiber infrastructure. All Points Broadband, Dominion Energy Virginia, Northern Neck Electric Cooperativeand the counties of King George, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmorelandhave entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to advance a regional broadband partnership providing access to unserved households and business in the Northern Neck.
More than 7 million customers in 20 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from
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