Broadband Initiative  |  Broadband Background & Updates
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Broadband Updates - Summer 2016

As the County continues its efforts to identify ways to expand broadband in currently underserved areas, there are ways you and your neighbors can assist:

  • Visit RUOnline.virginia.gov, a statewide initiative to better understand where Virginia has the largest gaps in broadband coverage, to log your demand for Internet service. If you are unable to access the website at home, you can visit your local library or call toll free at (877) 969-6685. 
  • To learn more about Albemarle County's Broadband efforts, visit www.albemarle.org/broadband.
  • If you have questions or would like to assist in development of the plan, e-mail  broadband@albemarle.org.

Broadband Updates - Spring 2016

  • After a successful Commonwealth wide letter writing campaign urging CenturyLink to accept Connect America Phase 2 funding, CenturyLink accepted new funding to advance broadband throughout the Commonwealth. CenturyLink has started the upgrade process in Albemarle. Contact your local CenturyLink office for more information.
  • Albemarle is the recipient of $75,000 in funding for the development of broadband plan. The funds are to be used over the next 6 to 8 months to develop options and costs for further broadband deployments. E-mail broadband@albemarle.org if you want to be kept abreast of the progress of the plan.
  • Don’t forget that you can add your location to our map of broadband unserved or underserved locations by clicking Add a Dead Zone. On the map, enter your address in the top right corner and search. After your address is found, use the Edit section on the left, select the DeadZones option, and then click your address and complete the form.

Broadband Map


Broadband Updates - Summer 2015

Albemarle County is developing a telecommunications plan that will offer direction on how best to provide high speed Internet, also known as Broadband, throughout the County. To help us in developing this plan, we held a Community Meeting on July 20 to receive feedback on a series of questions in order to better articulate the need in Albemarle County. A meeting summary is available here. We also distributed a survey for residents and businesses. To request a PDF version, please contact Mike Culp, IT Director, by email or phone (434) 296-5814.The County will use this information to help secure grant funding for developing a telecommunications plan.


Task Force Background

The Broadband Task Force was formed in Oct. 2013 and completed their work in August 2014--presenting a report to the Board of Supervisors Link to PDF document. Since August of 2014 Staff and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission have been evaluating and preparing applications for telecommunications (broadband) planning grants. As a result, Albemarle County is applying for grant funding to develop a comprehensive telecommunications plan that will provide guidance on developing the elements of a successful community broadband network that can be deployed in both the rural and urban areas.

In October 2013, the Board of Supervisors directed County staff to host a roundtable discussion between County employees (general government and Schools) and private telecommunication providers. The objective of this roundtable was to bring parties together to brainstorm how reliable, high-speed broadband services might be extended to underserved parts of the County. As a result of this roundtable, a Broadband Task Force was established in late 2013 with its first meeting held in January 2014.

The Broadband Task Force includes representatives from the County (general government and Schools), service providers, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, and the University of Virginia. Several County residents are part of the Task Force as well. This Task Force, which is short-term and not a permanent group intends to complete the following action items:

  • Review and help promote broadband demand identification website and survey
  • Analyze results of the broadband demand identification survey
  • Review options for funding broadband expansion in underserved portions of Albemarle County
  • Review the County’s permitting process for various broadband infrastructure (both wireless and fiber)
  • Provide recommendations on funding strategies and the County’s permitting process to the Board of Supervisors in Spring 2014

To complete these tasks, the following teams have been formed:

Imagine an Albemarle where everyone has the capability of working from home. Where no child misses a day of school due to inclement weather. Where residents can receive consultation and healthcare from the convenience of their own living room. Where no one is excluded from high-speed internet access due to their age or situation. High-speed internet--more commonly known as broadband--has the potential to make these wishes a reality.


 
 
 
Contact the Department
Albemarle Broadband Authority
Information Technology
401 McIntire Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902
434-296-5814
FAX: 434-972-4062
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