Following the national trend of electrical cooperatives’ beginning to take an active role in the deployment of last’mile solutions for broadband services in rural areas, the Northern Neck Electric Cooperative has expressed an interest and is currently participating in a feasibility study.
Since 2003, the Northern Neck PDC has worked with localities and private providers to facilitate the expansion of high-speed Internet services in the region, first with the creation of NeckTech, then with the establishment of the Northern Neck Broadband Authority.
Once Northern Neck localities decided they were not interested in becoming Internet Service Providers (ISPs) themselves, the Authority’s efforts concentrated on helping the private sector secure funding to deploy new technology.
The reports were followed by two applications to secure funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), both of which were not funded by the Federal Government.
In 2011, the State of Virginia created a Broadband Availability Map to help localities and private industry find out where additional infrastructure was needed.
Broadband efforts continue today by exploring partnerships between electric utilities, cable providers, and wireless-technology firms to address last-mile services for Northern Neck residents.
A Broadband Discussion Panel took place at Rappahannock Community College in April 2017, sponsored by the Northern Neck-Chesapeake Bay Region Partnership (see below for a list of panel participants, agenda, and a summary of the event).
Broadband in the Northern Neck Panel Discussion
April 17, 2017, at 3 p.m.
Lecture Hall (Room 122)
Rappahannock Community College — Warsaw Campus
The Northern Neck Planning District Commission and Northern Neck Chesapeake Bay Region Partnership will sponsor a Broadband Panel Discussion on Monday April 17, 2017, at 3 p.m., at the Rappahannock Community Colleg, Lecture Hall (Room 122) of its Warsaw campus. The panel will consist of broadband service providers in the region and other stakeholders, and the discussion will focus on how broadband service can be provided to the underserved and unserved areas of the Northern Neck region. For more information, call Jerry W. Davis, Northern Neck PDC Executive Director, at (804) 333-1900 ext. 22, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening Statement & Panel Introduction – Jerry W. Davis, AICP, NNPDC Executive Director
Opening Remarks from each Panel Member:
- Danny L. Jobe, Vice President of Operations, MetroCast
- William T. Newborg, General Manager, MetroCast
- Joe Lenig, Director of Marketing & Sales, Virginia Broadband
- Jim Moss, Vicc President of Operations, Northern Neck Electric Cooperative
- Brett Kilbourne, Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs and Deputy Counsel at the Utilities Telecom Council
- Richard E. Jenkins, General Field Rep. Telecommunications Program, RUS—USDA
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