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Board receives update on broadband access

The Mathews Broadband Advisory Board provided an update during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Mathews County Board of Supervisors on continuing efforts to provide access to broadband to every household in the county.

During the meeting in the Mathews High School auditorium, Advisory Board chair Judy Rowe went over the projects her group has taken on since it was formed three years ago, including providing free access to broadband through smart poles and MiFi units, obtaining and executing two Virginia Telecommunication Initiative grants in conjunction with broadband providers to provide infrastructure that will allow for service to 600 households, and obtaining funding to build two towers that will soon be breaking ground.

Projects that have yet to come to fruition but are being worked on include bringing a backhaul connection into the county and building out the two towers with a series of repeaters that will reach all parts of the county.

Rowe said that, in addition to work...

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