CenturyLink / Lumen is already working in the county, primarily through easements on underground utilities. In the July announcement, Budesky introduced All Points Broadband, a Virginia-based company that provides high-speed Internet access to unserved rural areas by partnering with utility companies – in this case, it works with Rappahannock Electric and Dominion Energy Virginia.
Connect Hanover involves installing fiber optic cables over existing power lines in unserved parts of the county, that is, areas where people do not have access to a broadband connection of at least 25 megabits per second for downloads and 3 megabits per second for downloads. This is usually anyone who currently uses satellite, ADSL, cell phones, and mobile hotspots.
Hanover’s chief information officer Kevin Nelson said on Wednesday that the scope of the project will cost around $ 60 million, with half coming from private investors, along with federal money and grants from the State.
Representatives from the two broadband companies offered some additional details to the board on Wednesday.
All Points CEO Jimmy Carr has so far said comments from county residents were “phenomenal,” referring to his company’s investigation into his company’s broadband availability which began in July and allows residents to confirm if their location has already been identified as unserved.
In fact, he said Hanover’s response was the highest of any locality the company had ever surveyed, with 3,000 responses in just two weeks. He added that the investigation is still open and he encouraged residents to provide their information as soon as possible. The survey is available at fiber.allpointsbroadband.com.