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Broadband group forges ahead with ambitious goal

The Mathews County Broadband Advisory Board is forging ahead with its ambitious goal of making broadband services available to every home in Mathews, and it plans to ask supervisors on Tuesday to create a restricted fund in the county budget to receive any revenues that will be coming in to support the effort.

Board member Joe Syslo said that there will be a small revenue stream coming in from any companies that lease space on telecommunications towers that are built in the county, and that the funds should be earmarked for broadband use only.

A paper submitted by Syslo shows that the company Invisible Towers LLC would accommodate such customers as AT&T and Verizon, and that lease revenues for the county would be around $1,000 per month, increasing by around 3 percent annually for five years.

Although no telecommunications towers have yet been approved or funded, board chair Judy Rowe said that a method for handling any such revenues needs to already be in place when acti...

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