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Broadband talk

George Bains, Gloucester’s Deputy County Administrator, addressed the October meeting of the Gloucester Ruritan Club, telling members of the ongoing efforts to provide broadband service throughout the county. Bains, at right, explained that lack of reliable internet service hinders small businesses and students taking courses online. This year, Acting County Administrator Carol Steele won a $300,000 grant to service 133 homes in the north portion of the county. The county is also working with Open Broadband from North Carolina to set up a fixed wireless system using American Rescue Plan Act funds. Those interested can go to the county’s Broadband Information Hub at to sign up for service, which should be available within 24 months. Bains is shown receiving a club mug from Gloucester Ruritan president Lou Serio in thanks for his presentation.

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