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Broadband board seeks authority status

The Mathews Broadband Advisory Board voted on Monday, Dec. 13 to seek incorporation as a broadband authority rather than continuing as an advisory board to the Mathews County Board of Supervisors.

Chairman Judy Rowe, addressing the board of supervisors regarding the matter later that day, explained that the advisory board has been functioning well but that “we have no power.”

Once funding begins coming in for broadband and decisions need to be made, she said, a broadband authority will be needed to manage the towers and their funding and to make decisions without having to come to the board of supervisors to get each decision approved.

The board of supervisors had unanimously voted to hold a public hearing on Dec. 27 to hear from residents about the matter, but later determined that the meeting couldn’t be held then because of a 30-day advance public notice requirement.

In an email, Deputy County Administrator Julie Kaylor said she would add consideration of the matter to ...

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