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Several localities in the region are making an effort to increase the coverage of broadband Internet services. [1]

Albemarle County

The Board of Supervisors created a task force in 2014 to study the infrastructure. A fall 2016 report recommended exploring public-private partnerships as well as treating broadband as a utility. Another idea was to create a regional authority. Albemarle also received a $118,400 grant from the

Virginia Telecommunication Initiative to work with Century Link on expanding access. [2] The Albemarle Broadband Authority was created in August 2017. [3]

Fluvanna County

The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors created a Broadband Access Task Force in 2017 to study the current infrastructure. The goal is to "collaborate with industry resources to develop a plan to expand affordable, reliable and high capacity broadband internet access to all businesses and residents." [1]

Greene County

Greene County surveyed its residents about the issue in the summer of 2017. A town hall meeting on the issue will be held on October 16, 2017. [1]

Louisa County

Louisa County created a broadband authority in 2014. The county is putting a request for proposals to build three towers of an eventual ten-tower at a local cost of $1.1 million. [1]

Nelson County

Nelson County has had a priority objective of improving internet access since 2006. Actions taken include creation of a broadband authority and a 39-mile network of fiber. As many as 600 subscribers are expected by the end of 2017. [1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Web. Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission packet for October 5, 2017 meeting, Meeting packet, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, retrieved October 8, 2017.
  2. Web. Albemarle receives $118K grant to boost broadband, Staff Reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, March 29, 2017, retrieved October 9, 2017.
  3. Web. Albemarle creates wireless service authority to expand rural Internet service, Kayli Wren, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, August 6, 2017, retrieved October 8, 2017.