Giles County VATI Grant Application Public Notice

Giles County intends to apply for a 2019 Virginia DHCD Virginia Telecommunications Initiative grant to support the deployment of fixed wireless broadband service in the White Gate, Wolf Creek, and Route 100 areas of the county.

 

Giles County, located in the New River Valley of Southwest Virginia, has adopted a vision to bring 21st century broadband connectivity to all stakeholders in the County, including its approximately 16,871 residents, over 8,356 housing units, over 288 businesses, 5 public schools, one private school, County public safety and first responders, and County administration.

 

The County desires expansion of broadband access in unserved areas and improved capacity in underserved areas using a Public/Private Partnership providing broadband service to its citizens. The County understands the economics of expanding broadband in rural areas and is prepared to take action to improve those economics as much as possible to entice the private sector investment. Work has been done to identify these areas leading to this grant application.

 

The County solicited proposals through the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act of 2002 and Giles County PPEA Policy. Through this process Gigabeam was selected to build the network to serve customers at speeds of 10MBps upload and better, contingent upon award of a grant. Pricing plans are expected to range from $39 to $119, speed dependent.

 

Comments are invited and will be received on this project until close of business December 13, 2019. They can be submitted in person or by mail to John Ross at 315 North Main Street, Pearisburg, VA 24134; by phone at (540) 921-2527 during usual business hours and by email to jross@gilescounty.org. All comments will be considered and submitted with the application.

 

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