Broadband Internet

Of 25 issues mentioned in the Foothills Forum Survey, the top among Rappahannock respondents was concern about internet coverage.

The numbers speak for themselves. Exactly 1,043 respondents, or 80.7 percent, say internet service in the county is “very important or somewhat important.”

Rappahannock has gaps in coverage; 19 percent don’t have access to internet at home. In response to the open-ended question about which aspect of life people LEAST appreciated, households cited public safety, economic disadvantage and educational obstacles for their children as reasons for concern.

For those seeking a deeper dive into developments and past coverage, we offer the following links:

Schools, library plan major internet upgrade

April 15, 2018

The battle for Internet in rural America

A look at Blacksburg, VA’s digital divide

March 2, 2017

Miami’s Media Mystery 

While Rappahannock’s media scene is diametrically opposed to Miami’s diverse and diffused situation, this news report details the many challenges facing communities everywhere in the digital age.

October 4, 2016

AT&T’s First Field Trials of Ultra-Fast Wireless Broadband Over Power Lines

September 20, 2016

Rappahannock’s Digital Dilemma

July 21, 2016

Supervisor’s marathon Monday

May 9, 2016

Foothills Forum Survey, Part Three: Frozen in time?

April 28, 2016

Foothills Forum Survey, Part Two: A rural life challenged

April 20, 2016

Foothills Forum Survey: Life in the Jewel of Virginia

April 13, 2016

Editorial: The Foothills survey

April 13, 2016

Dittmar’s 2nd visit to the county.  Broadband internet pillar of campaign. 

April 7, 2016

(link not yet available)

Democrat Dittmar focusing on rural broadband, job training. 

February 23, 2016

School Board votes down recording its meetings, 3-2.

February 18, 2016

Congressional Candidate Jane Dittmar, “Rural internet access as important as electricity”.  

February 18, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Less “data”, more technology.  Response to concerns about broadband.

December 24, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Radiating Rappahannock.  Concerns about broadband.

December 17, 2015

AT&T testing new technology in rural broadband internet systems using existing cell towers.  

December 10, 2015

Public hearing on comp plan.  Commissioners hear broadband concerns.

November 25, 2015

Supervisors unanimously approve resolution for franchise agreement with Comcast.

November 12, 2015

Letter to the editor:  Broadband radiation concerns are a “fallacy”.

October, 8 2015

Letter to the editor: Health concerns from broadband radiation.

October 1, 2015

Lesinski and Hitt show support for broadband and cell coverage during candidates forum. 

September 24, 2015

Hampton supervisor candidates agree broadband is “high priority”.

September 17, 2015

AT&T conducting tests for high-speed internet from transmission facility on Chester Gap.

September 17, 2015

Hampton candidates, Hitt and Frazer support increasing county’s broadband access.

September 10, 2015

Supervisors discuss next steps in broadband.  McCarthy to apply for grant.

July 30, 2015

RCHS hosts local, state and federal officials plus trade groups to discuss benefits of broadband to agribusiness and agritourism.

July 16, 2015

100+ attend County and Realtors Association forum at RCHS to discuss goals for broadband.  

July 2, 2015

Locally owned Piedmont Broadband provides internet via broadband radio signal to 200+ customers.

July 24, 2014

Comcast merger with Time-Warner would disincentivize investments in rural broadband. 

May 8, 2014

McCarthy presents broadband data and applies for a study with the FCC.

April 3, 2014

County eligible for FCC program to increase broadband in rural areas.

July 5, 2012

Rappahannock County Broadband Initiative Committee Final Report

November 5, 2007