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Broadband Committee | Augusta Internet Initiative

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Status of Internet Access in Augusta County and What You Can Do to Help

Augusta County understands the significant impact that internet access has on education, the economy, employment opportunity, and quality of life. We want all citizens to be connected but we have some challenges.

Challenges    cell tower2

The County faces several challenges in assisting citizens with access or improvement to internet services, including:  

  • land area of 967 square miles, mostly rural in nature; and
  • limited information on the provider networks available throughout the County; and
  • providing evidence to meet grant criteria of an unserved population due to number of providers in area; and 
  • the need for middle-mile services to provide last-mile services.

Public-private partnerships with a provider can assist in overcoming these barriers.

There are multiple providers that have infrastructure in the County that could extend their services for better internet services to individuals.  The County has been writing grant applications with interested providers and have received one award to date (2017-Arbor Hill area of the County).  Grant applications have included fiber to the home in some areas. 

Providers   cell tower1

Most of the websites have a page to review the internet services they provide.  Some of them also have the ability for the individual to enter their address to see if there is service at their home or place of business.

Local providers (per FCC 477 filings):

Satellite companies:

  • ViaSat, Inc.
  • Hughes Networks Systems, LLC

If you know of another internet provider that is not listed, please contact Augusta County, 540-245-5610.

Broadband Committee

In October 2018, the Augusta County Board of Supervisors appointed a Broadband Committee made up of County
citizens to assist in facilitating solutions presented in the 2016 Strategic Plan.

The Committee also recruited additional residents for sub-committees to develop partnerships, increase awareness,
improve marketing and provide technical assistance.

Current Members
Mission and Structure

History of Broadband in Augusta County

Partnership with CSPDC
2019 VATI Grant - not awarded
2018 Broadband Committee Created
2018 VATI Grant - not awarded
2017 VATI Grant and Outcomes
2016 Planning Grant and Strategic Plan
2012 Tower Study - Wireless